Energy storage is not a new concept in itself. Power systems have always been required to be flexible to allow supply and demand to be balanced at all times. But as the deployment of wind and solar generation increases, the challenge of managing increased volatility of generation grows and hence, the need for increased system flexibility is becoming more urgent.
Electricity storage is an important option to provide this additional flexibility. Storage is promoted as the “game-changer” which could contribute to solving the volatility challenge of wind and solar electricity generation. Whilst there is plenty of visionary thinking, business models are not always fully understood.
There are a wide range of energy storage technologies and products, either developed or existing, that can be deployed, covering both short and long-term applications.
Steve’s interactive talk aims to cover the history and explain the reasons why energy storage is such an important part of the power system infrastructure. Exploring the range of energy storage technologies available, the pro’s and con’s along with real life project examples in the UK and internationally.
Tea and coffee from 7.00pm.
About the speaker
Steve is the Global Energy Storage network leader and Director at Arup - an international multidisciplinary consulting firm. Professionally, he is a Chartered Electrical Engineer with a deep interest in energy, water, infrastructure and sustainability. Steve has over 30 years of experience overseeing and offering expert advice on a diverse range of energy projects, both domestic and international, with a particular emphasis on renewable energy sources and storage.