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Calendar 2017 - ESN Annual Symposium, ESN Battery Hazards & ESN Longer-Duration Storage

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ESN Annual Symposium:

Good Storage, Better Storage, Excellent Discussion

The ESN held its eighth Annual Symposium, “Good Storage, Better Storage,” on 25th January 2017.  We were pleased to receive over a hundred delegates, including developers, manufacturers, suppliers, network companies, regulators, and a keynote from Government.  We are grateful to all our sponsors for their support and to our partners who helped us with publicity, and to our joint chairmen Ian Arbon of Engineered Solutions, and Mike Davies of Eider Reserve Power.

Over the course of a packed day of presentations, responses, and panel debates, a number of points and themes emerged.  These are summarised below.

Policy and Regulation

Government is committed to publication of a “Smart Systems Plan in spring 2017, “outlining the actions it will take to remove barriers for smart solutions and provide a longer term direction for the transition to a smart energy system.”  The general industry response, including from major players such as RES, AES, and S&C, was that the “legacy barriers” to market deployment need to be removed quickly; there is no need for further reviews.  The plan should contain milestones for action.

Ownership of storage by the electricity networks was raised.  – What if services providers in the market did not come forward with storage solutions?  UKPN stressed they would always seek the lowest cost solution for the customer, using market solutions wherever feasible.  The panel suggested that the priority be to ensure that the market is enabled to provide such solutions. 

Scale and Society

The session on “A Society Powered by Storage,” set out the trends and prospects for various scales of electricity storage, from household to transport to distribution scale to transmission “grid” scale.

According to Connected Energy Storage, there are some 60,000 Electric Vehicles on the roads of Britain already, with a capacity of some 1.5GW, accounting for the bulk of our electricity storage.  However, the question was raised whether in, the highly competitive environment of car sales, it was realistic to expect vehicle manufacturers to incorporate expensive grid integration equipment.  Rather, Moixa suggested, the market for household batteries is soon to take off, with massive household appeal and ability to deploy far more rapidly than that of large units.

On the other hand, argued RedT, larger units could operate as longer-life, multi-purpose assets with >60% utilisation rates, rather than as replaceable batteries.  This was particularly important when usage entailed not only system stability services but network asset deferral and, later on, reduction of renewables curtailment, a point made by Highview Power.

Who Pays Who Wins?

Poyry, in the session, “Who Pays Who Wins,” set out four broad applications of electricity storage: merchant service provision, network asset deferral, co-location on the grid with generation, and behind-the-meter.  Some of the potential positive and negative knock-on effects were set out, for example additional network management costs, retailer imbalance costs, and the question was raised as to whether all such “externalities” should be monetised.

In relation to the range of services required, Flexitricity highlighted the challenge not of the service itself, but of managing the state of charge of the storage facility such that it is available when needed – where is the revenue stream for maintaining the state of charge?  CER, the Commission for Energy Regulation in Ireland, set out their approach to the regulatory framework for the provision of services and providing adequate incentives, but highlighted the difficulty of supporting long-term service provision and availability contracts in the context of the EU Balancing Code.

Good Services, Better Services

In the afternoon session on “Good Services, Better Services,” National Grid set out their proposed “whole-system” approach to the procurement of services as a more independent System Operator.  As well as outlining the principles for developing some simpler products, National Grid suggested there would not be another EFR tender, but rather EFR would be incorporated into a new FR tender in July 2017.

TLT, having been involved in some 40% of EFR tenders, in their talk “From Spreadsheet to Deployment” set out the legal and contractual considerations for developing a storage project, including a focus on co-located and behind-the-meter configurations.  EDF Renewables gave an account of the drivers for their 49MW West Burton EFR project, where co-location with existing generation assets was one of the keys to the success of their EFR tender bid.  Kiwi Power rounded off the session on services with an account of how revenues from various services compared, noting that the potential for annual revenue ranged from £5,000/MW under the Capacity Market to >£100,000/MW for frequency markets, albeit the risk profiles and utilisation regimes differ.

UK Industry & Innovation, Global Market

Turning focus further afield, the European Association for the Storage of Energy (EASE) outlined the latest provisions for energy storage as set out in the Winter Package.  EASE suggested the UK would continue to adhere to EU policy requirements on energy, regardless of Brexit.  EASE also flagged the availability of some 2 billion Euros for storage projects, for which post-Brexit eligibility seems less clear.  AES, a company with global reach, set out the need for robust, credible, safe projects and project specifications that are not assessed on price alone, not least to protect the reputation of the storage industry.  Returning to the initial theme of the day, AES stressed the need for removal of market barriers domestically as part of the strategy for UK industry to be on the front foot beyond our shores.

To finish the day with hot news, BEIS arrived to announce funding support for innovation in energy storage, in particular: a £9M competition for reducing the cost of energy storage; and £600k for a first-of-a-kind, large-scale storage facility.  Questions arose around support for pre-commercial deployment of proven technologies.

Conclusion

The topics of discussion covered:

  • the need for quick solutions, notably removal of market barriers
  • the need to facilitate various scales of storage and prepare for the societal implications of each
  • the flow of value streams and the importance of aligning these
  • the need to keep an eye on European regulation and global markets
  • innovation support, with appropriate health and safety regulations

These are among the key topics the areas the ESN will pursue over the course of 2017.

Click to view the ESN 2017 Annual Symposium Programme

 

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Grid and Behind the Meter Storage Scoping Workshop + Network Evening
March 22nd - 14:00 - 19:30

 

Calendar 2016

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Calendar 2015

ESN Members Meeting July 2015 - Visit to UKPN -

Smarter Network Storage

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Venue: Leighton Buzzard

 

As part of the Smarter Network Storage project, UKPN has undertaken a number of studies associated with the commercial and regulatory framework associated with energy storage. 

 

UKPN intends to submit its report on their proposed changes to the regulatory and licensing regime in September 2015 to OFGEM. The staff of UKPN wish to discuss their findings and recommendations with the members of the Electricity Storage Network before finalizing the report and presenting it to OFGEM.

 

 This meeting is for paid members of the Electricity Storage Network only.

 Registration will be limited to 1 attendee/member company. 

 Registration through the Eventbrite meeting registration service.

 


 

ESN Members Meeting with DECC Officials on Innovation &

Storage

Tuesday 9 June 2015

This meeting covers two important aspects relating to energy storage.

    1. We will hear about The Electricity Storage Network's participation in the DECC/Ofgem Smart Grid Forum Workstreams of relevance to electricity storage. The session will also cover policy development in relation to flexibility, smart grid and energy policy.
    2. The second part of the meeting will include a presentation and discussion by DECC’s Innovation Delivery team on the next phase of their innovation programme.

This meeting is for paid members of the Electricity Storage Network only.

 Registration will be limited to 2 attendees / member company.

 Registration through the Eventbrite meeting service.


Energy Storage Association 25th Annual Conference

May 27-29th Dallas

With three days of area site tours, collaborative workshops, interactive panels and insightful keynotes, the ESA are planning a large and impactful conference in celebration of their 25th anniversary! 


Renewable Energy Marketplace

21st April 2015
Westpoint Arena,
Exeter

 Everything you need to know about renewable energy, energy efficiency measures and generation. Dr Jill Cainey, from the Electricity Storage Network, will be speaking about energy storage alongside Ben Bowler, from Siemens. 

This session will cover the different types of storage available on the market, how they work and what they cost. It will also look at some examples of storage in practice and how the technology is likely to develop in the future.


Members only Meeting

Date: 4th March 2015
Location: Portland House, Bressenden Place, SW1E 5BH
Members have been sent an email with a link to register for this event. 

Grid code compliance for Renewable Generation and the opportunities for electricity storage.

The third electricity package of the EU will introduce 10 new codes which control the operation of the electricity systems across the EU. Some of these will have significant changes on the operation of the network.  This seminar, with inputs from our members who are actively preparing for the introduction of these new codes, will consider the impact of grid code compliance for renewable generation and the opportunities and issues for electricity storage.

The meeting is free to attend for members of the ESN (maximum 2 attendees per company, 1 attendee per associate) and there will be a charge for non members.

Agenda

1. Andrew Jones, S&C Electric - Background to proposed changes in the European Grid Code for connection of renewables

2. Joe Duddy, RES - A renewable developers viewpoint on the proposed changes and its implications

3. Open Discussion, and summary of impacts on the electricity storage industry

4. Closing comments from the ESN.


An Open Symposium on developing electricity storage in the UK 

Innovation - Demonstration - Implementation

Wednesday 28th January 2015
One Great George Street, London SW1P 3AA

Members only Meeting

Date: 4th March 2015
Location: Portland House, Bressenden Place, SW1E 5BH
Members have been sent an email with a link to register for this event. 

Grid code compliance for Renewable Generation and the opportunities for electricity storage.

The third electricity package of the EU will introduce 10 new codes which control the operation of the electricity systems across the EU. Some of these will have significant changes on the operation of the network.  This seminar, with inputs from our members who are actively preparing for the introduction of these new codes, will consider the impact of grid code compliance for renewable generation and the opportunities and issues for electricity storage.

The meeting is free to attend for members of the ESN (maximum 2 attendees per company, 1 attendee per associate) and there will be a charge for non members.

Agenda

1. Andrew Jones, S&C Electric - Background to proposed changes in the European Grid Code for connection of renewables

2. Joe Duddy, RES - A renewable developers viewpoint on the proposed changes and its implications

3. Open Discussion, and summary of impacts on the electricity storage industry

4. Closing comments from the ESN.

Calendar 2014

3rd November 2014 Members only Meeting, Central London:

A meeting held to discuss the practical issues between renewable policies and storage policies. 

Agenda topics:

  • The Renewable Energy Association introduced their policies for renewables, including storage
  • The Electricity Storage Network discussed the development for its storage policies
  • Joint discussion on comments of themes, future direction and mutual interests

  


 

17th July 2014: Central London:
“Incentives for electricity storage”
Review of the proposed capacity market as it applies to electricity storage and examine alternative support mechanisms for storage. Free for Energy Storage Network Members; non members welcome pay nominal charge. Registration is through the Eventbrite booking process.


13th May 2014: Supporting the PRASEG reception in the House of Commons. Members only meeting. See the PRASEG website for more details. Or visit NEWS


29th January 2014: Institution of Civil Engineers, London, Annual Meeting: 
“Symposium on developing the market for electricity storage”
90 delegates plus media attended and a record of this symposium is on our home page. Topics included Balancing the need for large scale and small scale storage, The impact of wind power and solar, Subsidies for renewable which may distort the market, Targets for electricity storage, Developing a market for storage services in the power markets of the UK, Other countries. Presentations and videos are available to members though this link www.electricitystorage.co.uk/developingthemarket

 



Calendar 2013


23rd July 2013: Central London, Members meeting: 
“Discuss public message and current status of electricity market reform. Afternoon seminar on business models for electricity storage.”


19th June 2013: London, Members meeting: 
“Developing the potential of microgeneration and domestic energy storage for the smart grid”, Morning The Electricity Storage Network workshop


12th April 2013: Central London, Members meeting:
“Electricity Storage and sustainability” Discussion and Seminar


Calendar 2012

 

15th October 2012: Central London, Members only meeting: 
Discuss with DECC the “Proposals for electricity storage innovation and the role of the capacity mechanism as a means of introducing storage onto the network”.


31st May 2012: Central London, Members only meeting: 
Follow up our previous successful meeting in March, Members of the E S N met officials from DECC to discuss UK Electricity Storage Policy. Presentation slides used at the meeting may be downloaded here.


12th March 2012: Institution of Mechanical Engineers, London: Annual Meeting: 
“Energy storage for power networks”. 
More than 80 delegates attended the annual conference organised jointly with the hosting Institution. The conference covered electricity storage and the national interest, international perspectives, financing and policy issues and updates on current electricity storage projects and the role of energy storage as a vital part of UK’s industry. The meeting was chaired by Ian Arbon and included presentations by speakers from DECC, electricity network companies, energy storage manufacturers, contractors and consultants and universities.


2nd February 2012: Central London, Members meeting: 
“Maximising the impact of Electricity Storage for the UK”.
Following our successful members and special interest meeting in London last December. The agenda included discussions on the current requirements for electricity storage, cost and value issues, mid and long term requirements, the opportunity in world markets, implementation. The detailed agenda may be downloaded here.

Calendar 2011

 

14th December 2011: LondonSpecial interest meeting: 
“Modelling the impact of electricity storage on power networks”. Presentations were made by a number of members and others who are involved in power system modelling and the modelling of electricity storage.


19th July 2011: Central London, Members only meeting: 
“DECC consultation on possible models for a capacity mechanism”


29th June 2011: National Grid Control Centre, Members only meeting: 
“Consultation with National Grid”. 
Discussion of recent consultation document with members of staff of National Grid, with particular reference to the use and application of electricity storage and we will be preparing and submitting a response to the document. The Press Release for the meeting is attached here (link to PDF file)

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