How important are batteries to Renewable Energy Sustainability and profitability?

battery electricity storage

Many see energy storage as the most important part that is missing in the electricity infrastructure of many countries, not least the UK. The very nature of renewable power is the main reason for this. Wind, solar and marine energy (wave and tidal) can generate large amounts of electricity but the dependency on natural processes …

Is the UK underestimating the Role of Solar in cutting carbon emissions?

commercial solar panels

The realisation that the threat of global heating is indisputable has become increasingly commonplace. Concern is building globally about the implications if we fail to cut carbon emissions. Most notably recently the concern has been expressed by one of the most thought-provoking protest groups yet to emerge, Extinction Rebellion. Our students are going on strike …

German Coal conversion to Heat Pump Energy Storage

German coal plant

Germany, like many other countries, has coal plants used to produce power all over the country. However, due to new investments in renewables and tackling climate change, it is now being investigated whether these coal plants could be used as energy storage assets instead. The German aerospace centre has been investigating this possibility.  The idea involves using a molten salt storage tank in place …

UK’s Long Term Water Issues

Reservoir UK

There are new concerns from the environment agency that the UK could face water shortages in the future. The number of people living in the UK is rising and climate change means our weather is warmer than average. Concerns have been rising over recent years and the environment agency released a report outlining the concerns about the amount and quality of rainfall.  …

Councils Try Crowdfunding for Renewable Energy Projects

council chamber

Local councils are turning to wider communities to fund new renewable projects. The idea is like crowd funding; the community can use a platform called Abundance to donate as little or as much as they can towards a project in their area that could benefit the entire community.   Swindon Council is the first to use Abundance, which allows people to buy debentures (similar to bonds) and they …