Energy Storage: Will Life Ever Be the Same?

23 May 2016

Energy storage promises to become a disruptive technology, enabling flexibilities, freedoms and security not previously enjoyed in our electricity supply. It also provides the potential to optimise the electricity supply chain in the same way as our undersea and underground buffers of natural gas have allowed in our gas networks.

What will the impact be of increased energy storage, and how can it be managed?

Join the SCI Energy Group on 2 June when Dr Jill Cainey*, Director of the UK's Electricity Storage Network, will introduce us to the rapidly developing area of energy storage. A question and answer session with an expert panel will follow Dr Cainey's talk - come along and join the discussion.

The way forward?

  • Internationally and in the UK, energy storage demonstration facilities are being rolled out with science and engineering playing a key part in their development.
  • The National Infrastructure Commission considers energy storage an important area for implementation as momentum increases for these types of facility.
  • New technologies can allow us to build on limited existing pumped hydro generation storage capacity only previously possible in areas with suitable upland terrain like Scotland and Wales.
  • Energy storage could offer a new source of revenue to new and existing companies alongside opportunities for consumers.

The benefits

  • Energy storage enables flexibility, freedom and security of our electricity supply - it offers the prospect of balancing the electricity system.
  • The addition of robust energy storage facilities would provide a buffer to support the variable and uncertain energy supplies delivered by renewable electricity and distributed supply chains.
  • Large scale expansion of a portfolio of storage technologies could provide increased efficiencies and security for legacy fossil fuels.

The issues

  • Increased energy storage will present practical and regulatory challenges.
  • Pricing mechanisms, and bidding in the electricity market, may need to be reviewed.

Dr Cainey will be joined by an expert panel, who will be on hand to answer all your energy-storage related questions. Confirmed panel members include Simon Daniel (CEO and Founder of Moixa Energy Holdings), Dr Mark Powell (Vice President, Capgemini) and Adriana Laguna (Low Carbon Technologies Manager, UK Power Networks).

Book your place now for this free event by clicking on the link below.

SCI is uniquely positioned to provide an independent, multidisciplinary science-based perspective on the energy trilemma - sustainability, affordability and security of supply - and to bring together critical inputs and thinking from industry, academia and the public sector.

*Dr Jill Cainey is the Director of the UK Electricity Storage Network, the UK trade body that represents the electricity storage industry in the UK and Europe, on a variety of Government, regulatory and industry bodies. It provides a coherent and influential voice to promote electricity storage at the national and local level. Jill is a research fellow with CSIRO Ocean and Atmosphere, with over 20 years of experience internationally in atmospheric science and climate change, and provides policy and regulatory advice and support on the integration of electricity storage to create an efficient and sustainable GB electricity system that addresses the impacts of climate change.

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