In the wake of the UK’s black out on 9 August, Liam Stoker speaks to the UK’s battery storage scene to determine precisely how it helped bring the UK’s power grids back online, and how they could prevent similar events in the future
Distribution network operators and the decisions they made to disconnect end users will be investigated as part of an inquiry into last week’s blackout, the government has confirmed.
Much of the reaction to last Friday’s blackout has centred around possible, but now dismissed, links to the high penetration of renewables on the UK’s grid. Liam Stoker analyses the train of thought that decentralisation could actually be the most compelling solution to grid security.
Last week’s UK black out was unlikely to have been the result of either high renewable generation or a cyber attack, National Grid chief exec John Pettigrew has said.
The sudden loss of nearly 2GW of generation triggered a stress event and power cuts experienced up and down the country on Friday evening (9 August 2019).
Centrica has warned that UK businesses are at an increased risk of power-related failures that could endanger employees and profit margins.