written by Dr. Jacqueline Edge
Last week, on Thursday 25th January 2018, an event was held at the IET Savoy Place to celebrate the outcomes of the two Energy Storage Grand Challenge Projects: Energy Storage for Low Carbon Grids and Integrated and Market-fit, Affordable Grid-scale Energy Storage (IMAGES). Both projects were funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Council (EPSRC) and will draw to a close in the next year.
Energy Storage for Low Carbon Grids is led by Professor Goran Strbac at Imperial College London and involves seven other partner universities. Professor Strbac presented an overview of the entire project, highlighting the key achievements and detailing the structure of the project. This was followed by a talk on the major technology breakthroughs achieved during the project, by Professor Clare Grey from Cambridge. Professor Phil Taylor from Newcastle explained the progress in operational management of energy storage devices within grids, showing the state-of-the-art testing facilities at Newcastle University. Professor Richard Green from Imperial College London presented the Whole Systems perspective, in which the value of energy storage to the UK energy system was highlighted through the unique research done in this project.
IMAGES is led by Professor Jihong Wang at the University of Warwick, with three other partner academic institutions. After her overview of the project, detailing the milestones and deliverables achieved throughout, the potential for Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) was presented by Dr. David Evans of the British Geological Survey. This talk was followed by Professor Phil Eames of Loughborough University, presenting the progress in integrating Thermal Energy Storage (TES) with power plants. Professor Michael Waterson from the University of Warwick outlined their findings on the economic value of energy storage.
The afternoon sessions included a number of talks on more specific aspects of each project and the event closed with a panel discussion, with panellists from both academia and industry giving their views on how this research has and can take the UK forward in implementing a cost-effective, low carbon energy system.
This article, written by Ilias Tsagas from the University of Greenwich, gives further detail.