UK government launches £20m energy storage competition
31 January, 2019
The UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has announced that it will provide £20m of funding for its Storage at Scale competition.
It is targeting the development of compressed air technology, flow batteries, fly wheels and gas-to-liquid projects.
Flow batteries use non-toxic chemicals to create a charge, while fly wheels consist of rotating cylinders which store rotational energy.
These technologies are complimentary to the UK’s growing renewables sector, as storage solutions minimise the intermittency issues which the sector is faced with.
Up to three demonstration projects are expected to be built and tested by the end of 2021 as part of the competition.