How energy storage can unlock the potential of renewables

Over the past five years, the UK’s renewable energy capacity has tripled, and the fossil fuel generation capacity has fallen by a third.

In May (2019), the UK went two weeks without burning coal for the first time since 1882. Another record was broken in May (2019) when over a quarter of the country was powered by the sun on one day.

To further transition to renewable energy sources, however, the UK will need to deploy energy storage. The National Grid has always faced challenges of balancing electricity generation with fluctuating demand

Renewable energy, such as wind or solar, can sometimes cause difficulties as the weather cannot be ‘switched on’ to meet demand, compared to a power station which can be activated to meet demands.

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