Business users are able to make significant cost savings by utilising battery storage to power industrial sites during peak charging periods without having to alter production patterns.
Sufficient battery storage will also negate the need for other forms of back up generation to provide on site UPS.
Securing your supply
Although many people consider the National Grid system in the UK to be extremely reliable (and it is), supply issues, such as brownouts or blackouts are still causing problems to many continuous processes. Research from multiple sources illustrate this fact, highlighting that there were 986 blackouts or brownouts in 2016, a 46% increase from 2015.
The South East of England was the region with the highest number of blackouts in 2015, with 124 separate incidents, and an average cost of €66,170 (£55,000) per hour has been allocated to these incidents, based on a medium sized data centre. We anticipate that these supply issues will increase in the future as more renewable sources are integrated on the National Grid system.
Having energy storage with full UPS functionality is therefore extremely important for behind the meter systems as it provides full process optimisation and supply resilience. An oscilloscope three phase voltage snapshot of 5 mains cycles at a voltage of 240V. At 50ms supply is disconnected, at 55.4ms the ic Power system ramps up and supplies full output power to the load at 220v (therefore UPS response time is 5.4ms).
Fuel cells generate electricity through harnessing the chemical reaction of positively charged hydrogen ions with oxygen. In order to sustain the chemical reaction fuel cells require a continuous source of fuel and oxygen. As fuel cells are powered by hydrogen and oxygen they generate electricity with very little pollution, as the by product of combining these elements is water.
In order to transition to a low carbon economy, natural gas is increasingly seen as the fuel of choice for large power stations as it emits less carbon and other pollutants than coal fired stations. Gas power stations are also able to adjust outputs more rapidly than other forms of thermal generation.
The UK has the best natural wind resource in Europe to be exploited through on shore and off shore developments. Wind projects can be scaled from individual turbines providing power to industrial sites and communities to large multi turbine projects feeding directly to the National Grid.
The smart city idea conceptualises how cities of the future will incorporate technological developments into smart social infrastructure. Smart living allows greater connectivity and local energy management to create environmentally sustainable urban development.
With the UK government announcing a ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040, Electric Vehicles (EV) will be forced into mass adoption. This requires vehicle charging systems that can charge rapidly and are readily available.
Solar PV is able to provide scalable clean energy from small scale household installations to grid scale projects. Allied with an effective storage medium, energy generated by solar PV throughout the day can be stored for discharge during the evening periods of peak demand.
Battery storage will increasingly provide balancing services to local and national electricity networks, alleviating imbalances in supply and demand and allowing for greater penetration of intermittent renewable energy generation on to the grid.