Ørsted to develop a 20MW battery storage project in the UK
The Danish power company, Ørsted, has announced the plans for its first large-scale energy storage.
The firm will be building and operating a 20MW battery storage project in the UK, located near Liverpool in the North West of the country.
Construction will begin on the Carnegie Road project in May this year, with the battery expected to be operational by the end of 2018.
The energy storage system will serve the national grid in the UK, aiming to manage stability.
NEC Energy Solutions have been selected as the energy provider to the Carnegie Road project.
“We’re excited to develop this project,” commented Ryan O’Keefe, Head of Energy Storage and Solar at Ørsted.
“As batteries have a very high frequency response capability we believe they’ll play an important role in providing services for the support of the stability of the power grid.
“The demand for these services is likely to grow in the UK as the country is expected to decommission large parts of its carbon-based generation fleet and introduce more renewables generation.”
The news follows the company’s announcement that they would be steering away from oil and gas and transition to low-carbon projects, which was reinforced with the changing of name from DONG Energy to Ørsted.
All but two UK regions failing on school energy efficiency
Most schools are still "treading water" on implementing energy efficient technology, according to new analysis of Government data from eLight.
Yorkshire & the Humber and the North East are the only regions where schools have collectively reduced how much they spend on energy per pupil, cutting expenditure by 4.4% and 0.9% respectively. Every other region of England increased its average energy expenditure per pupil, with schools in Inner London doing so by as much as 23.5%.
According to The Carbon Trust, energy bills in UK schools amount to £543 million per year, with 50% of a school’s total electricity cost being lighting. If every school in the UK implemented any type of energy efficient technology, over £100 million could be saved each year.
Harvey Sinclair, CEO of eEnergy, eLight’s parent company, said the figures demonstrate an uncomfortable truth for the education sector – namely that most schools are still treading water on the implementation of energy efficient technology. Energy efficiency could make a huge difference to meeting net zero ambitions, but most schools are still lagging behind.
“The solutions exist, but they are not being deployed fast enough," he said. "For example, we’ve made great progress in upgrading schools to energy-efficient LED lighting, but with 80% of schools yet to make the switch, there’s an enormous opportunity to make a collective reduction in carbon footprint and save a lot of money on energy bills. Our model means the entire project is financed, doesn’t require any upfront expenditure, and repayments are more than covered by the energy savings made."
He said while it has worked with over 300 schools, most are still far too slow to commit. "We are urging them to act with greater urgency because climate change won’t wait, and the need for action gets more pressing every year. The education sector has an important part to play in that and pupils around the country expect their schools to do so – there is still a huge job to be done."
North Yorkshire County Council is benefiting from the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme, which has so far awarded nearly £1bn for energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation projects around the country, and Craven schools has reportedly made a successful £2m bid (click here).
The Department for Education has issued 13 tips for reducing energy and water use in schools.