Electricity demand to surge during today’s England vs. Wales match
The UK’s National Grid is readying itself for a surge in electricity demand when England take on Wales in their second group stage game of the European Championships this afternoon.
The spike in demand for electricity, known as a ‘TV pick-up’, occurs when people simultaneously open fridge doors, boil kettles or turn lights on — often when a programme finishes or takes an ad break.
Analysts forecast that games featuring the home nations will create the biggest surge in demand throughout the whole tournament. During the group stage, the England versus Wales match-up will likely create the most significant TV pick-up.
Experts have estimated an increase in demand of 1100MW at half-time. This is the equivalent of 73 million fridge doors opening at once, or 440,000 kettles boiling.
Jeremy Caplin, Energy Forecasting Manager at National Grid, said: “Our control room engineers are hugely experienced in managing the electricity system around the clock, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
“It’s our job as system operator to balance the country’s supply and demand of electricity minute-by-minute in real time and transport it from where it is generated, to where it is needed.”
If any of the home nations reach the final in July, and a nail-biting match ending in penalties leaves supporters glued to their screens, the National Grid believes demand could surge as high as 2000MW.
“As England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are all competing this summer, we anticipate these spikes will get bigger and bigger if any of the home nations progress into the knock-out rounds,” Caplin said.
Currently, 2800MW is the UK’s TV pick-up record, occurring in 1990 during the World Cup semi-final between England and West Germany.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.