As much as £1.5m for grid scale energy storage tech: Up to £1.5m of funding has been reported for study toward developing & combining technologies to allow energy storage at grid scale.
Concerned areas contain mechanical storage systems, compressed air energy storage, storage of heat, hydrogen or natural gas and heat pumps or pumped heat electrical storage – however proposals are accepted in alternative as well as innovative areas.
Projects can advance new storage tech or integrate technologies to grid scale however those characterised as battery technologies along with formation of chemical storage vectors, like hydrogen, can not be funded.
Among 8 to 10 proposals will be funded, including projects continuing for 24 months.
The support is being offered by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation.
It says: “The UK has committed to reaching net-zero by 2050. The future energy system will have an increasing reliance on renewables, which can lead to seasonal disparities due to the intermittent nature of energy supply.
“The intermittence experienced across the grid will need to be resolved. This necessitates alternative energy storage technologies or increases to the storage capacity of current storage technologies.
“A key factor in reaching decarbonisation goals will be more cost effective, efficient energy storage technologies.”
As much as £1.5m for grid scale energy storage tech