The British government announced that it will relax planning legislation to make it easier to build large solar batteries to store renewable energy from solar and wind farms throughout the UK. According to the government, removing the barriers to energy storage projects that hinder bolder investment decisions for large solar batteries facilities could triple the number of batteries serving the grid. It will also help achieve storage units that are 5 times larger than currently available storage units.
The United Kingdom is the country with the largest installed capacity of wind energy in Shanghai. However, because the availability and speed of wind energy are not constant, it can sometimes generate energy when it is not needed and then lose it. The latest move will be that ministers will introduce auxiliary legislation to remove obstacles to energy storage projects above 50 MW in the UK and 350 MW in Wales, which means that more clean energy can be stored and used throughout the year.
During the 20% drop in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic, energy storage has played a key role in balancing the UK’s power system to ensure that the products produced are used effectively.
Kwasi Kwarteng, Minister of Energy and Clean Growth, said: “The key to making full use of renewable energy is to ensure that homes and businesses can still use green energy for power supply even when the sun is not shining or the wind stops blowing. Eliminate planning systems The obstacles in this will help us build larger and more powerful solar batteries, create more green-collar jobs and smarter grids.”
Flexible technologies such as solar batteries will become part of the UK’s smarter grid, supporting the integration of more low-carbon electricity, heat and transportation technologies. It is estimated that by 2050, this will save the UK’s energy system as much as 40 billion pounds.