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  • IMechE Report - Energy Storage: The Missing Link in the UK’S Energy Commitments

    Posted: April 10, 2014 - 09:00 / IMechE / Reports

    Energy storage provides a potential route to a solution to this challenge, in that it would enable wrong-time electricity generated from intermittent renewable sources to be put to use at times when consumer demand is higher than baseload provision and renewables supply is at low levels. It would also help to address the seasonal challenge. In this regard consumer demand for power and heat is typically higher in the winter months than in the summer, and longer-term storage would allow energy from renewable sources to be carried over from one season to the next. The use of energy storage in both these ways would allow greater returns on investment to be made from deployed renewable energy technologies. Other benefits from storing energy in the UK can include deferring the costs associated with upgrading energy distribution systems to supply expanding towns and urban areas, as well as allowing communities to become more self-sufficient in energy sourcing and management.