Phil Thompson, CEO of UK-based Balance Power, explains how much GWh storage capacity is needed for a resilient and renewable energy system and how to get these much-needed projects off the ground.
Intermittency has long been the bane for grid operators seeking to bring more renewables online. The sun not shining and the wind not blowing has become the classic conundrum when explaining why our energy systems aren’t as clean as they possibly can be: non-renewable backup power is still key.
Energy storage, which can balance supply and demand, can come to the grid’s aid. However, there isn’t nearly enough connected storage capacity to the grid to ensure a fully green and resilient system, says Thompson during an exclusive interview with Yusuf Latief during Enlit Europe 2022, explaining just how much storage is needed:
“The analysis we’ve looked at internally is that with some reasonable demand pattern changes, 250GWh would be suitable [in Europe and UK]. And without behavioural change and […]