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Analysis

Batteries and the blackout: how energy storage saved the UK’s grid

28 Oct 2019, 11:21 • By Liam Stoker
Batteries and the blackout: how energy storage saved the UK’s grid

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’s blackout first-responders included 475MW of batteries

UK’s blackout first-responders included 475MW of batteries

20 Aug 2019, 12:39

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.

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Interviews

Energy Storage Summit 2019: Exclusive Big Topic interviews in London

2 Apr 2019, 08:01 • By Andy Colthorpe
Energy Storage Summit 2019: Exclusive Big Topic interviews in London

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.

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Editor's blog

Five things we learned from Energy Storage Summit 2019

8 Mar 2019, 10:37 • By Liam Stoker, Andy Colthorpe
Five things we learned from Energy Storage Summit 2019

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.

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Interviews

Overcoming uncertainty: UK energy storage market trends

5 Mar 2019, 13:16 • By Alice Grundy
Overcoming uncertainty: UK energy storage market trends

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.

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Editor's blog

Virtual reality: VPPs in a break with tradition

8 Oct 2018, 14:50 • By Andy Colthorpe, David Pratt
Virtual reality: VPPs in a break with tradition

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.