Energy Storage and why it's critical to NetZero (IET Shropshire Network) 7059

Energy Storage and why it's critical to NetZero (IET Shropshire Network)


'Energy as required not as available' is the approach towards UK's NetZero energy-storage requirements explained Bridgit Hartland-Johnson Integrated Systems Innovation Manager of Offshore Wind UK at the IET Shropshire webinar moderated by Simon Hart.

Explaining how energy-technology is already in place and now a key enabler for any regional 2020 energy strategy the technology infrastructure is proving itself, we are finally able to experience moments of what a carbon neutral UK might look like with less reliance on coal (finally). The generation of energy from offshore wind technology is now cheaper compared to onshore wind generation efforts when considering a new-build effort - this is really good news for the UK.

In just 10 years, the wind and solar technology has demonstrated a contribution of 25% of overall consumption which only used gas (not coal) to manage any peak-inefficiencies ! by 2022 wind turbines will be at 220m (in 2002, they were just 80m) generating more electricity that will allow new energy to feed across into new energy networks.  So far in 2020, wind energy has generated about 17GW and solar 10GW - these are good transactional steps forward and by 2050, we are set for transformational energy-activity across all energy supply systems within the UK.

Resiliency needs to play a role, as the ability to tap into other national energy sub-providers is important to avoid a lights-out scenario - here capacity planning is important. Currently UK Law around energy creation and any business subsidy models effect costings of energy production. Wind conditions (and solar seasons) also mean energy generation is not constant, so it is important that alternative energy channels remain open. Also, predictive consumption demand is now not as simple as before, we are expected to plug in cars, smart devices and many more consumables (including human cyborgs - at some point..) so understanding peak usage patterns will help maximise the efficiencies required for resiliency.

Fortunately, investment in energy facilities is not new, it is currently observed that about one billion pounds is required to maintain the current infrastructure setup - and if we can rapidly scale with new energy technologies to modernise the entire way energy is used by the current infrastructure then NetZero will be swifter realised, including economic benefits such as energy stock-trading platforms will less likely engage in over production market-mechanisms which currently create negative market conditions during energy market-settlement contract processes - specifically, the 'day ahead market' could now use trading algorithms to estimate consumption needs to better manage the balance of over-production or how suppliers might understand better how penalties could be managed - here is where energy storage solutions will step in.

Liquid-air and hydrogen batteries are being researched to contribute towards any NetZero energy strategy but first we will need to scale the transactional production beyond the current 17GW wind energy generated to make the best use of any battery ecosystem, after that, well, by 2050 that bunny on TV ....will forever go on and on and on and on. (and on). (and then some) !
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