Ocean News & Technology Article: Intelligent Battery Storage

EC-OG has contributed to the September issue of Ocean News & Technology, with Paul Slorach authoring an article on intelligent battery storage and how this is being adapted for integration across the underwater environment:

There is a growing market demand for an enabling technology which is the nerve center of a reliable and resilient electrical grid: intelligent battery storage. Responsible for augmenting output from resources such as wind and solar, helping to reduce the environmental impact of power generation and improving grid efficiency, battery storage is experiencing rapid growth on a worldwide scale.

Taking my native UK as an example, there is now over 20 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of onshore battery storage across more than 800 projects, with a record-breaking number of applications being submitted in Q2 of 2021. In early August, the UK became home to Europe’s largest storage battery with two 50 megawatt-hour (MWh) systems being connected to the grid in Wiltshire.

The US has also made significant progress to meet demand, with figures from the national Energy Information Administration showing a net increase in large-scale battery storage of 972MWh between 2010 and 2019. The costs associated with battery storage have also fallen by a substantial 72% between 2015 and 2019.

You can read the full article on page 18 and 19 on this link.