Three companies are joining forces to create and launch large-scale battery storage technology at various sites around England. The sites belong to Northumbrian Water and are situated in Essex, Suffolk and the North East of England.
The battery storage technology will provide more flexibility with regards to how the utility firm sources its energy. Northumbrian Water will use the new technology to manage their energy expenditure while significantly reducing their electricity costs.
Investment in Battery Storage Technology
The investment funding for the project has been taken care of by Argonaut Power, specialists in zero-cost battery storage systems. They will also undertake the management of the system operations.
The battery storage technology itself is being provided by battery storage experts Connected Energy. They will use lithium-ion batteries from electric Renault cars, with the use of these ‘second life’ units helping reduce waste.
The batteries can be charged during the night when the tariffs are much cheaper. Then the charged power can be used during the periods when the most expensive tariffs are in place. This will thus reduce the overall electricity costs for Northumbrian Water.
Battery Storage to be a ‘Major Feature’ of the Electricity Industry
Northumbrian Water’s Energy Development Manager, Anthony Browne, said of the battery storage project,
“Large scale battery storage is going to be a major feature of the electricity industry going forward and this is a great opportunity for us to develop our understanding of these processes. We expect that having batteries on site can also help us obtain more value from any renewable energy we generate.”
Such battery storage technologies can also be used the help the National Grid
balance supply and demand across the country. The batteries at Northumbrian Water’s sites are expected to be fully operational sometime within the next year.
More Battery Technology Developments
Other recent battery technology developments include new graphene nanotechnology that can be used in batteries. The inclusion of graphene nanotechnology simultaneously reduces charging times and improves durability, as well as boosting the battery’s energy density.
A graphene research company, the Graphene Corporation, recently announced that they have developed high-performance graphene-lithium batteries that are commercially viable.
The CEO of the Graphene Corporation, Jas Kandola, said of his company’s battery tech breakthrough: “We are at planning stage with our clients to help them launch improved versions of their existing consumer products using our batteries which have significant outcome of having much higher energy density and significantly reduced charge times.
“One such product being launched imminently by one of our clients is a new mobile phone which has a thirty minutes charge time.”
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