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Smarter Storage Network trial helps shape views on energy storage

An energy storage project by UK Power Networks is set to help shape UK policy on technology issues.
From press releases - 15 May 2015 09:00 AM

The parliamentary website, www.parliament.co.uk, has published a briefing note which lists energy storage as one of eight great technologies in which the UK can become a global leader. The latest ‘Energy Storage – POST Note’ outlines the roles of energy storage in the electricity market, as well as in the heat and transport sectors. It also discusses current barriers and policies for energy storage and potential future uptake.

POST notes focus on current science and technology issues and aim to anticipate policy implications for parliamentarians.

The team behind the Smarter Network Storage facility in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire – one of the largest batteries of its type in Europe – was among those who advised the report’s authors on the subject of energy storage from their experience of building and operating the 6MW/10 MWh site.

Nick Heyward, project director at UK Power Networks which operates the site, said: “It’s fantastic for the Smarter Network Storage project to have contributed to this important briefing for Government on Energy Storage.

“I think it demonstrates that our experiences and learning from this practical demonstration of the economic and regulatory challenges is genuinely helping to boost wider understanding of the issues and drive forward progress for the technology.”

The report, which is being circulated to new and returning MPs following the General Election, can be found at: http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/offices/bicameral/post/publications/

The Smarter Network Storage facility at Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire will be trialled for two years by UK Power Networks, which distributes electricity in the East of England, London and the South East.