The UK wants to install massive battery storage for renewable energy – however, the alternative is much cheaper

The electricity system in the UK is undergoing a substantial and rapid transition. It has the most significant installed wind power generation capacity, has effectively halted coal-fired electricity generation, and has reported a 20% decline in sales since the COVID-19 pandemic started. Nonetheless, this shift from traditional, dependable coal to weather-dependent solar and wind generation poses mounting pressure in balancing electricity market forces. It is where vast storage technologies on a grid-scale may help monitor and buffer production and consumption, and enhance grid control.

Recently, the Government announced the elimination of planning obstacles to the construction of energy storage facilities over 50 MW in England and 350 MW in Wales. The Government thinks, would require a substantial new capacity to be built for storing electricity. In the planning phase, the UK currently provides 1GW of active battery storage units with a further 13.5GW of battery mega - projects. The state intervention tends to create a planning climate that might allow the United Kingdom to meet its Net zero emission of carbon target by 2050. It could happen either through a high percentage of large-scale, centralized renewable generation or through more like a focus on smaller community initiatives such as solar panels and wind turbines owned locally. 

Since the United Kingdom has switched from carbon fuels to renewable power production, Carbon dioxide emissions from the energy production market have dropped to 25% in 2019 from over 40 % of the overall UK in 1990. It implies that the transportation sector has become the largest emitter, with a third of all the UK Carbon dioxide emissions generated. It has resulted in an increasing emphasis on the incorporation of all autonomous cars and hybrid vehicles. Because only one in ten vehicles sold in the United Kingdom falls into these classes, there seems to be a way of reducing the influence of diesel and petrol vehicles.

Yet autonomous motors might also contribute to making electricity generation greener. Once an electric car is plugged in to re-charge, it mainly needs access to its battery by the power grid. Once you’ve all plugged in several vehicles at once, they produce a massive aggregated battery shop.

In conclusion, so while the UK government is right that the national grid needs more energy storage to help the transition toward more renewable energy production, the solution is not merely an emphasis on building massive, costly batteries. Alternatively, electric vehicles may encourage the British people to easily share their automobiles, helping to create a safer, more selfless post-COVID environment.


By Bob Luthar

After serving as a lead author in leading magazines, Bob planned to launch its own venture as TheMarketChronicles. With a decade-long work experience in the media and passion in technology and gadgets, he founded this website. Luthar now enjoys writing on tech and software related topics. When he’s not hunched over the keyboard, Bob spends his time engulfed in Sci-Fi/Fantasy novels and movies.
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