Battery storage is not new technology, but we appear to be tantalisingly close to finally achieving commercial scale viability. Numerous Arcus clients have been discussing potential schemes over the last 12 months and we expect a greater number of commercial schemes to begin to come to fruition during 2016.
The wider benefits of battery storage are clear:
- Improve energy security by optimising the supply and demand.
- Reduce investment in new conventional generation capacity (reducing fossil fuel usage).
- Integrate more renewable energy.
- Provide system stability during electricity outages.
- Fewer and cheaper electricity transmission and distribution system upgrades.
- Energy can be stored when demand (and price) is low and used when the demand (and price) is high.
There are some regulatory and funding issues which need to be ironed out to facilitate commercial deployment of the technology on a wider scale but the industry appears to be closer than ever to early adopters deploying commercially viable schemes.
In terms of planning, for most developments, applications should be straightforward. Typically, most developments will not require EIA and the scope of the environmental assessment required will often be limited. However issues can come up, such as flood risk, protected species surveys and noise assessments which will need to be dealt with.
Arcus can advise on battery storage projects from inception through to construction, and can provide planning and environmental consultancy support on the above issues for sites throughout the UK and Ireland. If you require support, please get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.