Balancing markets throughout Europe are opening up to decentralised power, but there is still “significant room” for mechanisms to improve further.
UK Power Networks has laid out its vision for a ‘flexibility first’ approach in the coming years, including procuring a forecast 206MW in place of network reinforcement.
A range of potential flexibility providers, backed by leading energy trade associations, have called on the government to ensure that the next price controls regime incentivises network companies to procure flexibility rather than carry out reinforcements.
Over the last thousand days, project partners from all walks of life in the energy sector have come together to deliver Europe's largest commercial energy storage system using second life and new battery modules. Current± attended the launch at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff ArenA to find out what the project has to offer.
Ørsted has selected NEC Energy Solutions to provide the battery system for its largest UK energy storage to date, which will see a 20MW battery deployed near Liverpool.
Shell has continued to scale-up its interest in distributed energy by participating in a €60 million (£52.6 million) investment round by German battery storage firm sonnen.
Storage developers eyeing opportunities in Ireland’s DS3 programme will be able to bid for six-year contracts providing frequency response and reserve services in September when transmission system operator EirGrid will launch a new procurement process.
Energy storage investors will need to have their projects in the ground by June next year at the latest if they are to take advantage of the lucrative new ancillary services market set to be implemented by National Grid, according to Sungrow’s European managing director.
UK Power Networks (UKPN) will seek over 34MW of flexibility services across its network to be available in January 2018 in the first open tender of its type to be held by a distribution network operator (DNO).