Honeywell to supply Ukraine’s first grid-scale battery storage system

US equipment manufacturer and engineering solutions company Honeywell has signed a contract to supply what is thought to be the Ukraine’s first large-scale battery energy storage system.

Ukrainian energy sector investment company DTEK announced yesterday that it is executing a pilot project which will see a 1MW / 1.5MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) installed at Zaporizhzhya Power Plant, a thermal power plant site owned by DTEK. The system will provide frequency containment reserves to the grid, as well as doing energy arbitrage- charging at off-peak times and discharging when demand is higher.

The full article can be found here.

National Grid ESO – 2020 Future Energy Scenarios

National Grid ESO has published its 2020 Future Energy Scenarios (FES), marking a significant shift as it replaces three of these scenarios with net zero compliant ones. The report can be downloaded here.

Of these three new scenarios, two – Consumer Transformation and System Transformation – hit net zero by 2050 and the other – Leading the Way – achieves it in 2048. The only remaining scenario from 2019 – Steady Progression – still emits 258 MtCO2e in 2050, equivalent to a 68% reduction compared to 1990 levels.

Electricity output by technology type out to 2050. Image: National Grid ESO.

The full article can be found here.

Drax Group’s power plant in Scotland aims to make British grid greener

Drax Group’s power plant in Scotland will help to keep the electricity system running at the needed frequency while reducing the risk of power cuts.

A hollow mountain pumped-storage hydroelectric power plant in Scotland has started making the British grid greener by providing support services.

That is the outcome of a new partnership, which has been established between Drax Group and the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) and is expected to save consumers up to £128 million over six years.

As part of the agreement, Cruachan Power Station on the slopes of Ben Cruachan in Argyll will provide the grid with support services including inertia, which helps to keep the electricity system running at the needed frequency while reducing the risk of power cuts.

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How can engineering degrees attract more women?

How to inspire girls about studying engineering at university and explore where it could take them?

“We don’t have a car or a bit of a train hanging from the ceiling in our department,” says Dr Claire Lucas, director of studies for systems and biomedical engineering at the University of Warwick. “We’re making face masks at the minute, and we’ve got other humanitarian engineering, such as a shaking bridge that helps us with earthquake modelling. It helps visiting prospective students rethink what engineering really is.”

That rethink is necessary if the broad subject area of engineering is to appeal to more women. Although 35% of those studying Stem subjects at university are female, the proportion falls to 19% in engineering and technology.

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British battery storage sector takes a ‘big step’ as ministers remove size limit barriers

Barriers have been removed allowing for battery storage projects five times the size as the current limit in Britain, in a move hailed as a “significant, positive and well-timed” step.

Schematic of the 50MW / 250MWh liquid air CRYOBattery project. Image: Highview Power.

Secondary legislation was passed by ministers today (14 July) that will allow for projects above 50MW in England and 350MW in Wales.

The move could triple the number of battery storage projects on the grid according to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It is hoped that removing the barrier will help to encourage bolder investment decisions, allowing more batteries to balance the grid as the number of intermittent renewables continues to grow.

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REA sets out plans for a successful Green Recovery as the Prime Minister outlines initial support package

The REA has published a report setting out renewable energy and clean technology stimulus policies that will achieve a fair and inclusive economic recovery in line with our legally binding Net Zero targets.

The report, published in the same week that the Government announced the first stage of the UK economic recovery, advocates for an economic recovery rooted in green stimulus packages and policies. Addressing demands for immediate action as well as the need for longer term initiatives, the report sets out a variety of timely and costed policies. This includes those designed to bear fruit within 12-18 months as well as longer term options taking place over 18-36 months. The full report is available here.

Ahead of the Chancellor’s forthcoming stimulus package next week, the REA is calling on the Government to prioritise;

  • low-carbon power and heat generation in new homes and retrofit energy efficiency measure into existing homes, as well as more funding for regular CfD auctions for clean electricity
  • reform the tax system to enable the low-carbon transition, particularly Business Rates and VAT,
  • And fund Local Authorities to take actions locally to meet Net-Zero by upgrading local Government buildings estates, such as schools, offices, hospitals and care homes and make the transition to a Circular economy

Creating low-carbon homes and reforming the tax system alone would create 176,000 new jobs, save consumers £270 on bills annually and generate a net value to the UK economy of £7.5 billion – a 50% increase on the £5 billion pledged for the recovery this week.

As the only trade association working across renewable heat, transport, power and the circular economy, the report takes a pan-technology approach to achieving a successful Green Recovery. In doing so, the report is able to identify cross-cutting, high impact policies that are essential to the economic recovery of the UK. These policies, if implemented, would bolster the economy through the creation sophisticated industries and supply chains boasting thousands of highly skilled jobs across the entire of the UK.

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E.On secures £3.9m for ‘smart, personalised and sustainable’ heat pump pilot project

E.On has secured £3.9 million to instal heat pumps around Newcastle, as one of the winning schemes forming part of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s (BEIS’s) ‘Electrification of Heat’ project.

Together with Newcastle City Council, the company will install 250 heat pumps in suitable homes across Newcastle-upon-Tyne in an effort to tackle the barrier to their adoption.

“Working with BEIS and Newcastle City Council, we’ll demonstrate that heat pumps are one of the smart, personalised and sustainable solutions that will help us in meeting that challenge.”

The heat pumps will be installed alongside a range of innovative secondary technologies, such as thermal stores, said E.On. The project will help to demonstrate what is needed for a more widescale rollout of heat pumps.

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Collaboration of the Supergen Network+ with Dr Margarita Nyfoudi

We are delighted to announce our collaboration with Dr Margarita Nyfoudi to examine EDI in our community. Margarita is a Lecturer in Human Resource Management & Organisational Behaviour at the University of Birmingham. She has extensive expertise in quantitative and qualitative methodologies, analysing organisational problems and offering comprehensive and inclusive business solutions.

Her experience will guide us to identify and explore current EDI failures and successes within the energy storage community and develop pathways for improvement and best practice.

Supergen Storage

Decarbonisation pathways for South Wales

Regen, along with project partners Western Power Distribution (WPD) and Wales & West Utilities, worked together to develop an integrated approach to electricity and gas scenario planning, funded by the Network Innovation Allowance.

The analysis produced a set of joint electricity and gas net zero 2050 scenarios covering WPD and Wales & West Utilities’ shared distribution network region in South Wales, and explores a range of possible futures for our electricity and gas distribution networks.  The main output of the project is a dataset of scenario projections provided to inform network planning and investment for WPD and Wales & West Utilities. You can find out more about the project here.

A summary report accompanies the dataset and describes key insights from the process, the approach taken in the analysis and the key assumptions and methodologies used for each technology and sector, as well as an overview and commentary of the results.

A separate learning report has been produced focusing on the learnings from developing an integrated approach to DFES and recommendations for further development.

Net Zero South Wales Data Report

Net Zero South Wales Learning Report

More information can be found here.