The greatest value aggregrators putting batteries and other assets in the UK's electricity markets offer to their customers today is in providing access to the Balancing Mechanism (BM), through which the electricity system operator National Grid ESO matches supply and demand in real-time.
UK battery asset operator and optmiser Habitat Energy has become the second such company to put battery energy storage into the Balancing Mechanism, the means by which the country's tranmissionoperator manages the supply and demand of electricity on a half-hourly basis.
Algorithms for the control and optimisation of assets including batteries can be an energy trader's best friend - nearly all of the time. Aaron Lally, managing partner at UK-based clean tech trading house, VEST Energy, explains why it's good to know when to switch from automation to human-controlled trading.
The UKs largest council-owned battery storage site, the 30MW Fideoak Mill site, is now fully operational and able to participate in delivering multiple revenue-generating services.
Industry voices in the UK have said that electricity market activity during the COVID-19 pandemic shows that the network will become prohibitively expensive and possibly unmanageable without the further rapid deployment of energy storage.
The UK government has confirmed changes to the Capacity Market which are designed to remove barriers for demand side response (DSR) and energy storage, making it easier for clean technologies to compete in auctions.
Battery software company Arenko has teamed up with National Grid ESO to provide upward and downward reserve flexibility in a "first of its kind trial".
Batteries are to be used for reactive power services for the UK grid as part of a ‘world-first’ project to create a new reactive power market for distributed energy resources.
The projects developed through the state's solar-plus-storage incentive programme are set to produce 11.2MWdc of energy, backed by 10.2MWh of storage.
Centrica and sonnen have completed a virtual power plant (VPP) project in the south of England, which will allow customers to maximise the potential of their solar panels while providing flexibility to the grid.
Centrica, one of the UK’s largest energy companies, is celebrating a "major breakthrough" as its flexibility trading platform goes live.
At 4:52pm on Friday 9 August 2019, the UK suffered its first wide-scale blackout in more than a decade. More than 1.1 million consumers were plunged into the dark as rail lines screeched to a halt, traffic lights failed and even airports reported problems. Liam Stoker looks at the root causes, and how battery storage came to the rescue.
UK liquid air energy storage (LAES) start-up Highview Power said its first ever 250MWh ‘Cryobattery’ installation will be placed at the site of a decommissioned thermal power plant in the North of England and could be Europe’s largest 'battery' system when completed.
Battery storage operators in the UK could be set for a raft of new opportunities after the country’s system operator National Grid called for a review of security standards.
A report out today on the causes of the UK’s recent blackout, where electricity supply to 5% of National Grid’s customers was cut off “to protect the other 95%”, highlighted that 475MW of batteries were used to help bring the network back online.
Battery storage assets were called into action last week after the UK suffered country-wide power outages following a transmission system stress event.
SolarEdge’s StorEdge inverters have been deemed eligible for a programme rolled out by National Grid in the US states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island encouraging customers to help reduce peak demand on local networks.
Sister site Current± has just taken an extensive look at the energy system operator’s (ESO) latest outline of potential outcomes for the next 30 years of Britain’s energy.
Existing CMUs outperformed new build in the auction, and battery storage in particular struggled to complete against other generator types like open-cycle gas turbines (OCGT).
A 10MW battery energy storage system (BESS), which will allow a 24MW wind farm to keep generating energy even in times of oversupply, officially went into service today near Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
Renewable energy and energy storage project developer Anesco has handed aggregator Flexitricity the keys to 19.5MW of battery assets, with the latter set to earn revenues from four different 'streams'.
Following February’s excellent Energy Storage Summit at London’s Victoria Park Plaza hotel and hosted by our publisher Solar Media, here’s a short series of videos posing some of the big questions around energy storage, renewables, climate change, business and the industry, and more.
Topics previously off-limits due to commercial sensitivity or just a lack of experience from the field, were explored in depth at this year's Energy Storage Summit in London.
Following the fourth annual Energy Storage Summit hosted by Solar Media in London this month, Solar Media Market Research analyst Lauren Cook discusses recent trends in the UK market.
UK editor Liam Stoker writes in a blog for the energy transition and smart power site this week that National Grid’s Distributed Resource Desk - a new platform for managing distributed resources on its network - is starting to enable wider participation in the BM.
National Grid, in its capacity as the UK’s Electricity System Operator (ESO), last week launched a new ‘Distributed Resource Desk’ in its control room in a move hailed as a “huge step forward” for electricity flexibility markets.
A local authority in England has unveiled two landmark solar-plus-storage projects on existing landfill sites which aim to be the first of their kind in the UK.
National Grid has outlined how renewables could participate in the UK's Capacity Market, unveiling technology-specific de-rating factors that range from 1–15%.
Cloud-aggregated virtual power plants using residential or C&I battery storage as part of a smart energy management system can benefit the grid, integrate renewables and EVs and hopefully add a powerful long-term value proposition for home storage. Andy Colthorpe and David Pratt report on how some of the UK’s first VPP projects are proving the concept.
A route to market for residential flexibility resources to access grid balancing revenue streams could save individual households in Britain more than £200 (US$260.90) each, according to a new study.