Bio Gas Trade Event To Show The Way on Bio-LNG

Bio Gas Trade Event To Show The Way on Bio-LNG

Birmingham biogas trade event to show the way on Bio-LNG

UK Cities ramp up the fight against air pollution; bio-LNG gains traction as a solution to reduce carbon emissions from vehicles; prototype methane-fuelled tractor on display at UK AD and World Biogas Expo; and global outlook for biomethane and infrastructure development key topic at co-located World Biogas Summit.

Ban Diesel Cars From Cities by 2040

Bristol City Mayor Martin Rees announced on Thursday last week a consultation on proposals to ban diesel cars from the city to tackle air pollution, which is now a bigger killer than tobacco and three times larger than Aids, tuberculosis and malaria combined.The UK government has said it will ban the sale of diesel cars from 2040. It would seem that if you own a diesel, having been encouraged to own a diesel by the government, you have been left in a no-win situation. Not so. Most diesel engines can be converted to run on liquid natural gas (LNG) – preferably carbon neutral bio-LNG from anaerobic digestion. It will cost a couple of thousand pounds, but you’ll soon recover that at the pump over 12 to 18 months (or 10,000 miles).

20 Million LNG Cars in The Global Fleet

There are over 20 million LNG cars in the global fleet and, for HGVs, bio-LNG is rapidly gaining traction as fuel – as it reduces CO2 emissions by over 85%, NOx emissions by 50 to 70%, and almost zero particulate matter. It has been found that fleet operators who switch to renewable natural gas (biomethane) more than exceed what is required under the benchmark minimum standard for emissions. Fuel savings are notable too. With costs that are typically 33% less – and in some instances, as much as 50% less – operators can see that biogas makes commercial sense. It means that the filling-station infrastructure is emerging too.

Clean Air Zones

The shift makes economic sense. London and Norwich have been taking the lead on the introduction of what are known either as Low Emissions Zones or Clean Air Zones with another 30 cities and local authorities across the UK set to introduce similar measures. Under these schemes buses and HGVs failing to meet minimum standards face charges for entering the zones of £200 a day. Such zones are commonplace in cities across mainland Europe.

Meanwhile biomethane as fuel for transport has been boosted by an EU directive requiring Member states to ensure a sufficient number of publicly accessible refuelling points to allow the circulation of CNG vehicles both in urban and sub-urban areas and on the TeN-T core network, ideally every 150 km, to be built by end-2025. Furthermore, the government’s Renewable Fuel Transport Obligation has increased the biofuels volume target, including biomethane, from the current 4.75 to 9.75% in 2020, and 12.4% in 2032.

The Future of Bio-LNG

The future of Bio-LNG will be a key theme at both UK AD and World Biogas Expo 2019 and its co-located thought-leadership forum World Biogas Summit on 3–4 July in Birmingham. CNHi Industrial will display its IVECO Stralis Natural Power truck and latest FPT Industrial Natural Gas engines, whilst New Holland will showcase the innovative Methane-Powered Concept Tractor, combining visionary design with advanced and sustainable biomethane combustion, a key element in the Energy Independent Farm™ concept, which sees farmers producing fuel from waste products.

Bio Methane, Transport Fuel and Infrastructure

Alongside the Expo, conference sessions at the Summit will look at the global potential of biomethane in transport fuel and the infrastructure developments. The line-up of eminent speakers included Giulia Catini, Institutional Relations and Representative Office to the EU in Brussels, CNH Industrial, Oscar Baroncelli, Head of Global Product Marketing, Strategy and Digital, FPT Industrial, Jorge Asensio Lopez – Alternative Fuels Business Development and TCO Manager, IVECO, Mike Foster, Chief Executive of the Natural Gas Vehicle Network and Yann Pierre, Commercial Director of Prodeval.

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson: UK will lead the world in delivering net zero

Prime Minister Boris Johnson: UK will lead the world in delivering net zero

In his inaugural speech to Parliament new Prime Minister Boris Johnson reaffirms commitment to new UK zero emissions target

The new Prime Minister Boris Johnson used his first address to Parliament to explicitly back the new net zero emissions target his predecessor set into law in the final few weeks of her premiership.

Boris Johnson, who supported the target when asked on the campaign trail but made little specific mention of his plans to tackle climate change, today promised the UK would become a global leader in the low-carbon transition. “Our Kingdom in 2050… will no longer make any contribution whatsoever to the destruction of our precious planet brought about by carbon emissions,” he said. “Because we will have led the world in delivering that net zero target.”

Such an explicit message of support for the ambitious target will be greeted with relief by environmentalists, who have been wary that Prime Minister Boris Johnson may prioritise cutting green regulations and rolling back environmental standards to boost post-Brexit growth.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Supports Electric Vehicle (EV) Industry

Prime Minsister Boris Johnson appeared to double down on support for the clean growth agenda pioneered by the government under Theresa May, in particular repeating his support for the UK’s electric vehicle (EV) industry. “We will be the home of electric vehicles, cars, even planes, powered by British-made battery technology being developed right here, right now,” he said.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson Supports the Development an £80m Battery Industrialisation Centre

The UK is in the process of developing an £80m Battery Industrialisation Centre in Coventry. But although the centre will develop battery chemistry, electrodes, cell design, modules, and battery packs, it will not manufacture battery cells commercially – they still have to be shipped in to the UK.

Jaguar Land Rover Gigascale Plant

Carmakers including Jaguar Land Rover, which earlier this month confirmed plans to build the all-electric Jaguar XJ in the UK, have called for the UK to develop a gigascale plant capable of producing battery cells at scale and securing the UK’s position as a leading destination for EV manufacturers.

Yet meeting the net zero target will require an extensive policy overhaul across all areas of government, not just transport, particularly given the UK is not currently on track to meet its medium-term carbon reduction targets that are still based on the previous 80 per cent cut in emissions by 2050 target.

Responding to Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s statement, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn called on the Boris Johnson to respond to the “climate emergency” with urgent policy action. “Will he ban fracking, will he back real ingenuity like the Swansea Bay tidal lagoon, will he increase investment in carbon capture and storage, will he back our solar industry and onshore wind, so devastated over the last nine years?” he asked. “Will he set out a credible plan to reach net zero?”

The Prime Minister’s address came alongside new ministerial appointments, as one of the biggest shake-ups of the Cabinet in living memory continues today.

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Joining Andrea Leadsom at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is Kwasi Kwarteng, who has been appointed Minister of State for Energy at the Department.

Like his predecessor Claire Perry, Kwarteng will also attend cabinet, but there is no mention of Kwarteng assuming Perry’s clean growth brief, previously part of the ministerial job title. A spokesperson for BEIS was unable to confirm why ‘clean growth’ is not listed as part of Kwarteng’s job title, or whether he will lead on the Department’s climate responsibilities.

Perry relinquished her position as Energy and Clean Growth Minister to take up the role of COP26 President yesterday.

At BEIS, Kwarteng will be responsible for overseeing the UK’s continued transition to a cleaner electricity system, which has to date seen low carbon sources make up around half of the UK’s power needs.

But he will also play a key role in developing much-needed policies to decarbonise the domestic heating system which is currently heavily reliant on gas, as well as boosting home energy efficiency – an issue which the government has faced fierce criticism over in recent weeks.

He will serve under the new Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom, who despite a mixed past track record on environmental policy, has in recent months been a forceful advocate for climate action, the UK’s new net zero emissions goal, and the major rollout of renewables and clean technologies.

A fellow Eton graduate like the PM, Kwarteng moves to BEIS after having served as Under-Secretary in the Department for Exiting the EU since November. Commenting on his appointment this morning, Kwarteng said he was “honoured and delighted” to be joining BEIS.

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Meet Powersystems Renewable Team on Stand F51 at All-Energy Glasgow SEC

Meet Powersystems Renewable Team on Stand F51 at All-Energy Glasgow SEC

All-Energy 2019 the UK’s largest renewable and low carbon energy exhibition and conference. Takes place at Glasgow’s SEC on Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 May 2019. Meet Powersystems UK Renewable Team exhibiting this year on stand F51.

 

All-Energy 2018 was a fantastic success. The two-day conference and exhibition was attended by over 7,000 from the UK and overseas. Coming together to forge business relationships and share knowledge that will ultimately chart the future direction of the UK’s clean and renewable energy success story.

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First-Minister-Nicola-Sturgeon-at-All-Energy-Conference

In 2019 representatives from Powersystems 70-strong specialist renewable energy team, will be there in force over the two days to provide commercial updates on; renewable energy technology, (Solar, Wind, Bio Mass and Anaerobic Digestion plants), Renewable Energy Storage, STOR, electric vehicle infrastructure and grid connections. We will meet clients and new contacts and share our 44 year, market-leading renewable power expertise for all your project needs.

 

 

 

Renewable Onshore Wind and Offshore Wind

The announcement of a new Offshore Wind Sector Deal on 7 March which will not only deliver at least 30GW by 2030, but also seek to employ more than 33% women by the same date, more than double the current figure, it’s great news for our industry. And all this whilst helping pave the way to a cleaner, sustainable renewable energy model at a time when the effects of climate change are in the headlines on a daily basis putting the sector center stage in the UK Government’s wider Industrial Strategy –  the new deal is a huge boost for developers, existing and prospective supply chain and for the UK economy at large. Speak with Powersystems renewable team about your Infrastructure and connection solution for your onshore needs and offshore projects.

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Emerging Renewable Solar Energy Technologies

 

Research and development continue to improve existing solar renewable energy technologies while identifying emerging innovations; such as photosynthetic-based solar energy technologies and solar enhanced fuels. Innovations and developments in solar renewable energy technology and enhanced fuels will benefit everyone by making affordable and reliable renewable energy more accessible to more UK businesses and households.

 

There has been a large uptake in the number of solar parks being granted planning consent in the UK. Powersystems has been involved with many of these providing grid connection schemes at 11kV & 33kV. Each scheme is designed by our team of engineers and covers the requirements of the Distribution Network Operator (DNO) substation, site wide earthing and cabling to the point of connection. The whole process is managed, from initial connection application to final energisation and adoption. In the South West alone Powersystems has connected in excess of 100MW of solar farms Photovoltaic Electricity Generating Facilities, Solar Photovoltaic Panels and associated electrical infrastructure.

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Renewable Energy Storage Growth 

Energy Storage is poised for significant growth in the UK. This is due to a resurgence in confidence for renewable energy, making it the cheapest most sustainable power available. Opportunities in energy storage are aplenty. Storage is overcoming the limiting issue of intermittent renewable energy and is widely understood as the missing piece in the puzzle. According to experts the many opportunities presented require careful consideration. There generally isn’t one revenue stream that storage can use to create a viable business model – it’s more about tapping into multiple revenue streams and being creative about how you make the most of your asset. 

Energy Storage Insights Discuss with Powersystems Renewable Team on Stand 51

  • Discuss you STOR project
  • Hybrid storage getting the best of both worlds
  • On the grid understanding the regulations, capacity and infrastructure
  • Applying battery systems to existing renewable energy schemes
  • The integration of batteries for EV charging points and other smart systems 

Grid Connection – From Application to Energisation

As an Independent Connection Provider (ICP), Powersystems have been providing grid connections across all of the distribution areas of the UK. We have carried out a large number of grid connections for a varied clientele, ranging from Data Centres, Industrial Customers, Formula One Racing Teams, Health Trusts, Water Industry, Major Film Studio/Visitor Attraction and the Renewable Energy Sector. Under our full scope of National Electricity Registration Scheme (NERS) accreditation we are able to undertake connection design work, cable installation, cable jointing, substation design and construction, switchgear and transformer installation and testing and commissioning services.

We have civil construction capability which enables us to offer clients a ‘turnkey’ connection service to include trenching works, directional drilling, substation building, construction and design from small 11kV substations up to 132kV primary substations.  We also offer a grid connection ENA application and feasibility study service through our engineering administration department, where Powersystems will deal with all aspects of your application and liaise with the DNO on your behalf.

Whether an industrial, commercial premises or generation scheme Powersystems are able to provide a competitive grid connection offer. Our team of engineers and support staff manage the entire connection process from initial application, design, construction and commissioning through to final energisation and adoption. As an ICP, Powersystems have been assessed and accredited nationally by Lloyds register to carry out:

  • Project Management
  • Cable laying (LV, 11kV, 33kV, 66kV, 132kV)
  • Cable jointing (LV,11kV, 33kV, 66kV, 132kV)
  • Substation installation (11kV, 33kV, 66kV, 132kV)
  • All associated civil engineering works including excavation, cable laying and back-filling.

 

Powersystems Anaerobic Digestion (AD) – Turning Waste Into Renewable Energy

Anaerobic Digestion can play an important role as a means of dealing with organic waste. And avoiding, by more efficient capture and treatment, the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are associated with its disposal to landfill. AD also offers other benefits, such as recovering energy and producing valuable biofertilisers. The biogas can be used to generate heat and electricity, converted into biofuels or cleaned and injected into the gas grid.

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Anaerobic Digestion a Renewable Energy Technology

Anaerobic digestion (AD) is one of a number of renewable energy technologies that have become commercially available to agriculture and industrial sectors.  A key attribute of AD is that it offers multiple environmental and economic benefits, particularly for UK dairy and livestock farms.  Alongside their potential to deliver low carbon energy, on-farm AD plants also appear to be the most promising mitigation measure for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from manures and slurries. Take a look at a Powersystems Anaerobic Digestion Plant Case Study 

 

Electric Vehicles (EV), grid technology and battery storage

The global market opportunity in electric vehicles is predicted to top over $500 billion between now and 2025. This potential for transformative change creates huge opportunities for both new and existing players in the automotive sector. Speak with Powersystems Renewable EV Infrastructure team to identify how local grid technologies, battery storage and V2G systems can come together to make this happen.

 

The Future Is Renewable Energy

There are some fantastic opportunities for industries wanting to future-proof and to drive change.  The Powersystems renewable energy team see their role to educate and share information on how this is likely to be applied practically over the next five years and beyond.

 

 

How is electricity generated from renewable energy?

There are many, many ways that people make renewable energy all over the world. Renewable energy is any energy we use that comes from renewable, natural sources. Renewable means that it’s naturally replenished, so can’t run out. Things like the sun will never run out, same with trees, because although we can cut them down to make biomass energy, we can still replant them, so it’s a renewable source.

Sunlight, water, air and heat from the earth are all renewable sources that we can use to make solar, tidal, wind and geothermal energy. Sometimes renewable energy is also called green or eco energy.

Read the article from Powersystems on Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Policy to find out where we are in the UK on renewable energy targets and plans to take us to 2050 with a cleaner brighter future.

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Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Policy

Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Policy

Renewable Energy, Climate Change and Policy

In a dramatic shift of national energy policy, the 2008-2009 Renewable Energy Strategy November 2008 proposed a massive increase in the contribution of renewables from 2% in 2009 to 15% by 2020. Powersystems asks the question – Where are we now with renewable energy, climate change and policy?

Climate Change Act 2008

Renewable energy is needed to meet decarbonisation and climate change targets. The Climate Change Act 2008 set in legislation the UK’s approach to tackling and responding to climate change. It introduced the UK’s long-term legally binding 2050 target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% relative to 1990 levels. It also introduced ‘carbon budgets’ which cap emissions over successive 5-year periods and must be set 12 years in advance.

Clean Growth Strategy October 2017

In October 2017, the UK Government published its Clean Growth Strategy (CGS) setting out ambitious policies and proposals, through to 2032 and beyond, to reduce emissions across the economy and promote clean growth for climate change. Clean growth means growing our national income while cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Achieving clean growth, while ensuring an affordable energy supply for businesses and consumers, is at the heart of the UK’s Industrial Strategy. It will increase our productivity, create good jobs, boost earning power for people right across the country, and help protect the climate and environment upon which we and future generations depend.

Modern Industrial Strategy November 2017

In November 2017 the UK published its modern Industrial Strategy, which includes a Clean Growth Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge aims to put the UK at the forefront of industries of the future, by maximising the advantages for UK industry from the global shift to low carbon and achieving climate change targets.

25 Year Environment Plan

Building on the proposals set out in the CGS, the UK outlined its plans to improve the environment and climate change in the 25 Year Environment Plan. The 25 Year Environment Plan was published in January 2018 and sets out the UK’s approach to deliver on our ambition to leave our environment in a better state than we inherited, and to fully seize the opportunities of clean growth.

Climate Change Driving Policy

Climate change is driving policy and regulations on reducing greenhouse gas emissions at international, national and regional level. Challenging European targets have also been set for renewable energy, and a number of policy measures implemented in the UK for renewable electricity, heat and transport fuels.

Strategies and legislation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales

Energy policy is mainly devolved to Northern Ireland and partly devolved to Wales and Scotland. Climate change policy is devolved to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, although the UK Government retains control over many energy policy areas and also some other important policy areas which deliver emissions reductions.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland energy policy and the independent regulation of energy companies are devolved matters. Northern Ireland’s current energy strategy is set out in the Strategic Energy Framework (SEF) for the period 2010-2020. Northern Ireland’s future energy strategy is likely to concentrate on a more consumer-led decentralised energy system and decarbonisation in areas such as electricity, heat and transport. The Department for Economy NI is currently preparing a public engagement exercise to help shape proposals for a new energy strategy that will positively relate to climate change.

The Northern Ireland Authority for Utility Regulation (NIAUR)

Is responsible for regulating the electricity, gas, water and sewerage industries in Northern Ireland.

Northern Ireland has operated a single wholesale electricity market called the Single Electricity Market (SEM) with the Republic of Ireland since November 2007. The SEM has been undergoing extensive redesign to comply with the EU Target Model for the harmonisation of arrangements for trading electricity across Member States. The new arrangements are being progressed under the Integrated Single Electricity Market (I-SEM) programme. Reforms to the SEM went live on 1 October 2018. They are designed to introduce efficiencies of interconnector flows, encourage new investment in the market, apply downward pressure on prices, and create enhanced trading opportunities and options through the introduction of continuous trading in the intra-day, day-ahead, forwards, and balancing timeframes. The first auction took place at the end of 2017; further auctions are taking place later this year and in March 2019.

Scotland

The Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 requires Scottish Ministers to reduce emissions in Scotland by at least 80% by 2050, with an interim target of 42% by 2020 and annual targets for each year to 2050.

A new Climate Change Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament in May 2018, with increased targets in response to the UN Paris Agreement. The Bill increases Scotland’s 2050 target to a 90% reduction in emissions of all greenhouse gases, which means net-zero emissions of carbon dioxide. In other words, the Bill means that Scotland would be carbon neutral by 2050. 

The Climate Change Plan published in February 2018 sets out the Scottish Government’s comprehensive package of policies and proposals for meeting emissions reduction targets over the period to 2018 – 2032.

Scotland Energy Strategy December 2017

The Scottish Government also published an Energy Strategy in December 2017 which sets out a vision for the future of energy in Scotland to 2050. The Energy Strategy is fully consistent with the aims of the Climate Change Plan, taking a wider view of the long-term transformational change which will be required in the energy sector. Together the Energy Strategy and the Climate Change Plan provide the strategic framework for Scotland’s transition to a low carbon economy – reducing greenhouse gas emissions whilst maximising the social and economic opportunities. The framework covers reserved areas as well as devolved, focusing action on those areas which the Scottish Government can directly affect.

Wales

The Environment (Wales) Act 201610 requires Welsh Ministers to reduce emissions in Wales by at least 80% by 2050. This Act also requires Welsh Ministers to set interim emissions reduction targets for the years 2020, 2030 and 2040, and establish a system of carbon budgeting that together create an emissions reduction pathway to the 2050 target.

Since the Environment (Wales) Act was passed, the Welsh Government has focused on establishing a regulatory and policy framework to meet the statutory commitment, based on significant stakeholder engagement and advice from the Committee on Climate Change. Following consultation, the Welsh Government has publish its plan for achieving the first carbon budget in March 2019. Prosperity for all: A Low Carbon Wales

Five dimensions of the Energy Union

The UK’s ambitious energy and climate legislation and strategies support the five dimensions of the Energy Union.

Energy security

The UK is committed to ensuring there are secure supplies for consumers, regardless of the energy mix, and the CGS sets out actions to enhance energy security by delivering a more diverse and reliable energy mix. The UK is supporting smarter, flexible networks thereby enabling the integration of clean generation.

Energy efficiency

To meet the UK’s 2050 climate change target (to reduce emissions by at least 80% by 2050, compared to 1990 levels), emissions from buildings will need to be near zero, coupled with action on industrial processes. This requires improving energy efficiency and energy management, and decarbonising nearly all heating and cooling of buildings. To achieve this, the UK is taking a range of actions including addressing barriers to energy efficiency and low carbon investment, such as supporting organisations to access finance.

The CGS provides a framework for driving UK policy on energy efficiency. Some recent policies and measures on energy efficiency that have already been implemented include commitments to fund energy efficiency improvements in the public sector, industry, business and homes – for example, through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO).

Northern Ireland contributes to the UK’s energy efficiency targets with the Northern Ireland Sustainable Energy Programme (NISEP) delivering up to 200GWh per year of energy savings as required by Article 7 of the Energy Efficiency Directive. Northern Ireland is currently developing a Northern Ireland energy efficiency action plan as part of a wider Energy Strategy, which aims to ensure co-ordinated and effective delivery of energy efficiency policies and programmes across Northern Ireland.

In Scotland, the Energy Efficient Scotland Routemap and Transition Programme was launched in May 2018. This ambitious 20-year programme contains a set of actions to make Scotland’s buildings near zero carbon wherever feasible by 2040 and to do so in a way that is socially and economically sustainable. The Programme will see around £10-12 billion of public and private sector investment in energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation over the 20-year period generating economic opportunity across the whole of Scotland. Energy Efficient Scotland has two main objectives: to remove poor energy efficiency as a driver for fuel poverty and reduce greenhouse gas emissions through more energy efficient buildings and decarbonising Scotland’s heat supply.

In Wales, the Welsh Government has invested more than £240 million since 2011 to improve the energy efficiency of more than 45,000 homes of those on low incomes or living in the most disadvantaged areas of Wales. The Welsh Government is investing a further £104 million in the Warm Homes programme for the period 2017-2021, improving up to 25,000 homes and leveraging up to £24 million of EU funding.

Decarbonisation

Through the Climate Change Act, the UK has established in law the first five carbon budgets covering the period from 2008-2032, with the sixth carbon budget due to be set in 2021. The UK has outperformed the target emissions reduction of its first carbon budget (2008 to 2012) and is projected to outperform against the second and third budgets (2013 to 2022). The CGS sets out ambitious policies across all sectors of the economy to deliver the fourth and fifth carbon budgets (covering the periods 2023-2027 and 2028-2032).

Scotland has met its annual emissions reduction targets for each of the three years (2014, 2015 and 2016). Actual emissions from Scotland have been reduced by almost half (49%) between the 1990 baseline and 2016. Emissions in Wales have been reduced by 14% in the same period, with fluctuation throughout the time series.

Internal energy market

The UK Government recognises a range of benefits that interconnection can provide and strongly supports greater electricity trading with our European partners. The electricity system in Great Britain is currently connected to north-west Europe via 3GW of interconnector capacity. 1GW of interconnection also links GB with the Single Electricity Market on the island of Ireland. Further interconnection projects are currently under construction (4.4GW) or seeking regulatory approval (4GW) and, as set out in our CGS, project assessments indicate the potential for a further 9.5GW interconnection beyond this in the early to mid-2020s. This is expected to increase our level of interconnection by 2030.

The UK continues to be a lead actor in the transformation of climate change and the energy markets and has strongly supported the EU’s direction in this area, most recently during the Clean Energy Package negotiations, to deliver open, transparent and competitive markets. We continue to support developing liberalised markets and successfully using competition to drive down energy prices. We are embracing the opportunity to increase renewable generation, decarbonise the economy and maintain affordability. We are implementing rules for a well-functioning internal energy market and our recent Electricity Market Reform introduced measures on, for example, Contracts for Difference and wholesale market liquidity. The CGS outlines the UK’s commitment to move towards a more dynamic market, empowering the consumer and realising the potential of renewables, small scale generation, greater flexibility, smart metering and the digital revolution.

Research, innovation and competitiveness

The UK’s early action on climate change and clean growth means that it has nurtured a broad range of low carbon industries, including some sectors in which we have world leading positions. This success is built upon wider strengths – the UK’s scientific research base, expertise in high-value service and financial industries, and a regulatory framework that provides long-term direction and support for innovation and excellence in the design and manufacturing of leading-edge technology.

This progress has been aided by the falling costs of many low carbon technologies: renewable power sources like solar and wind are comparable in cost to coal and gas in many countries; energy efficient light bulbs are over 80% cheaper today than in 2010; and the cost of electric vehicle battery packs has tumbled by over 70% in this time. As a result of this technological innovation, new high value jobs, industries and companies have been created. This is driving a new, technologically innovative, high growth and high value ‘low carbon’ sector of the UK economy.

Due to the UK’s world leading expertise in technologies such as offshore wind, power electronics for low carbon vehicles and electric motors, and global leadership in green finance, we are successfully exporting goods and services around the world. For example, in 2017, 1 in every 8 battery electric cars driven in Europe was built in the UK This progress means there are nearly 400,000 jobs in low carbon businesses and their supply chains, employing people in locations across the country.

Capturing part of the global opportunity while continuing to drive down carbon emissions from our own activities provides a huge economic opportunity for the UK. By one estimate, the UK low carbon economy could grow by an estimated 11% per year between 2015 and 2030 – 4 times faster than the rest of the economy – and could deliver between £60 billion and £170 billion of export sales of goods and services by 203. This means that clean growth can play a central part in our Industrial Strategy – building on our strengths to drive economic growth and boost earning power across the country.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Holds the responsibility for strategic oversight of climate change and energy science and innovation across UK Government, promoting and protecting the UK Government’s policy interests. Its Science and Innovation for Climate Change and Energy Directorate (SICE) provides the science and engineering evidence and data to support, constructively challenge and enable development and delivery of national energy policy.

Wider prioritisation of activity, research and innovation spending on energy is co-ordinated through the UK Government’s Energy Innovation Board (EIB), with SICE providing the secretariat for this. There is currently no separate energy research and innovation strategy, prioritisation decisions are informed by the Industrial Strategy and the CGS.

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Renewable Energy for Farms

Renewable Energy for Farms

Renewable energy for farms and agriculture set to become important sources of renewable fuel and energy

The Energy and Rural Business Show is a pioneering event. Which was attended by the Powersystems renewable energy team. The event showcased the latest opportunities for renewable energy for farms, land owners and rural businesses who are looking to maximise profitable and sustainable land use.

Powersystems UK attended the Energy and Rural Business Show. The event took place on the 6-7 February 2019 at the Telford International Centre.

Powersystems-Energy-&-Rural-Show-2019Celebrating ten years of success, the show has been created to bring key areas together. These key areas are set to define farm businesses going forward. The Energy Now Expo, was joined by the Rural Business Expo and the Low-Emission Vehicles Expo.

Renewable energy for farms and storage technology

Over the next decade an ‘energy revolution’ is being predicted for the UK. As farmers and landowners look to invest in energy storage technology. Head of Policy and External Affairs at the Renewable Energy Association, James Court, said ‘Around 2.5GW of subsidy-free solar and energy storage projects are set to be deployed in the UK over the next two years.’

Renewable energy for farms – energy storage

If a farmer has already invested in renewable technologies, energy storage would add extra value to their onsite generation. Historically, one of the drawbacks of renewable energy such as solar and wind, has been its production variability. However, battery technology could help to overcome these peaks and troughs.Renewable Energy Farm Battery Technology Energy Storage

Charging stations on farms and Time of Use tariffs

Renewable energy also opens up a range of future diversification opportunities, such as the prospect of hosting charging stations on-farm for electric vehicles. Time of Use tariffs are currently under consultation, but will allow farms to use electricity when it’s cheapest to do so, with the right control system in place.

Reducing the size and cost of technology

Developments in lithium ion batteries have also reduced the size and cost of the technology. This has led to more feasible behind the meter domestic storage and commercial-scale systems, which support existing grid infrastructure for wind and solar farms.

It’s been a busy year for energy storage on a policy framework level, which can be seen in the latest Government targets. The UK is currently one of the best places in the world for advancing this technology, and farmers are positioned to be at the forefront of these developments.

Localised renewable energy for farms

There is now a greater need for localised renewable energy for farms.  If the government’s target to ban diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040 is to be met, we will need new sustainable refuelling infrastructure in rural areas.Farmes-as-key-players-in-renewable-infrastructure

Farms as key players in renewable infrastructure

Farms could become key players in the production and supply of renewable transport fuels.

There are a number of exciting developments in the agricultural sector. What’s key now, is understanding where the best opportunities lie for farmers in the immediate and longer-term future, so that provisions can be made.

Energy storage challenges and opportunities

The agri-renewables industry has previously been about mass generation of energy. Now the focus is on more smart and targeted use of power and heat. This includes storing energy for later use. Battery storage technology has moved on leaps and bounds, and suppliers are now focusing on developing more affordable solutions. Decreasing battery size paired with increased efficiency is a focus for this, and innovations in lead acid and heat battery technology, could help to make this a reality.

Energy storage growth

Energy Storage is poised for significant growth in the UK. This is due to a resurgence in confidence for renewable energy, making it the cheapest most sustainable power available. Opportunities in energy storage are aplenty. Farmers are being urged to source sound advice, as there is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach.

Storage is overcoming the limiting issue of intermittent renewable energy and is widely understood as the missing piece in the puzzle. According to experts speaking at the event, the many opportunities presented require careful consideration. There generally isn’t one revenue stream that storage can use to create a viable business model – it’s more about tapping into multiple revenue streams and being creative about how you make the most of your asset.

Energy storage – the below topics provided some great insights

  • What are the opportunities? A look at STOR and behind the meter options, including costs and income figures
  • Smart Systems & Flexibility: electricity storage policy focus
  • Hybrid storage – onsite use and export – getting the best of both worlds
  • On the grid session about understanding the regulations, innovations and opportunities available
  • Energy Storage, guidance on selecting the right size of battery system for your home and/or business
  • Applying battery systems to existing renewable energy schemes
  • Growth prospects and market outlook for energy storage
  • Flexible power programme
  • Taking advantage of market volatility
  • Opportunities session
  • The integration of batteries for EV charging points and other smart systems

Low emission farm vehicles

Discussions at Government level indicate that a policy framework for energy storage as a sector is in the pipeline. They recently announced their ultimate goal of removing diesel vehicles.

This confirms that electric cars and therefore, battery storage is likely to be the future. Bearing in mind that the UK agricultural machinery market includes about 10,000 to 15,000 new tractor sales per year, these developments within the low emissions vehicle sector are incredibly exciting.Renewable energy for farms with the John-Deere-GridCON-tractor

According to a new study of the opportunities and challenges of ‘vehicle to grid’ (V2G) technologies on farms and in other rural business and community situations. Farms could become key players in the generation, storage and supply of renewable transport electricity and fuel in rural areas. As well as supplying decentralised power networks.

Electric Vehicles (EV), grid technology and battery storage

Farmers and landowners wanting to find out how they could tap into the opportunities presented by electric vehicles (EV) and machinery, were invited to attend the event and learn more about electric and autonomous vehicles operating in farm and rural situations. And also identify how local grid technologies, battery storage and V2G systems can come together to make this happen.

Farm generated electricity and transport technology

Leading the initiative was the NFU, alongside Warwickshire transport specialist Greenwatt, working in association with the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), to investigate the practicalities of linking farm-generated renewable electricity and innovative transport technologies.

They are exploring the opportunity for rural vehicle-to-grid (V2G) trials. This involves electric tractors and other off-road agricultural machinery. This has highlighted the potential challenges of vehicles charging from often weak rural electricity networks.

Farm machinery manufacturers, electric vehicle specialists and battery storage experts, as well as university and government research bodies, are all participating with the common purpose of adding value to farm-generated renewable electricity.

Renewable energy for farms are perfectly placed to be pivotal in the generation, storage and supply of renewable electricity

Mike Woollacott from Greenwatt Technology is a co-coordinator of the V2G Task and Finish group and is positive about the future. “Farms are perfectly placed to be pivotal in the generation, storage and supply of renewable electricity. Thus enabling much greater deployment of electric vehicles on our farms, horticultural and forestry businesses.

Smarter farming will mean the adoption of battery powered and sometimes driverless vehicles on our farms. “There is now a greater need for localised renewable energy. And in light of the government’s target to ban diesel and petrol vehicles by 2040, the need for new sustainable refuelling infrastructure in rural areas is more pressing than ever.

As the National Grid decentralises, we need to test and demonstrate the practicalities of integrating the generation, storage and use of renewable energy as a clean and locally accessible source of transport fuel for rural businesses and communities,” said Mike.

Progress through innovation

The farming industry has already made great progress. For example, John Deere promoted their Li-ion battery-powered electric tractor prototype, at SIMA earlier this year. And Landover has been busy hiring software engineers for their electric vehicle fleet. The NFU has also reported that they anticipate diesel-electric hybrid and battery-electric tractors will be widely available from 2020 onwards.

Powersystems, Electric Vehicles (EV) and the Top Gear trio

The BBC Top Gear’s new presenters filmed an item for the forthcoming series involving three Electric Vehicles (EVs) at the Energy and Rural Business Show. The move reflects advances in the EV market; with ‘substantial’ growth reported over the last 12 months and high expectation at new models launching this year.Paddy-McGuinness-Energy-&-Rural-Show-2019

EV Custom-made model

Each EV was a never seen before custom-made model. The show was the only place the vehicles were available to view until the Top Gear episode is aired later in the year. Speaking on Top Gear’s appearance, David Jacobmeyer, the event director, was enthused about the new addition. “Having Top Gear, including the new presenting trio of Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris at the show was testament to how far low emission vehicles have come.

This bodes well for the future of the sector, ‘transport is one of the most polluting sectors in the UK, this is why we have introduced the Low Emission Vehicles Expo at the event for the first time this year, and we were over the moon to have Top Gear in attendance.’Nick-Hewer-advisor-to-Lord-Sugar-Energy-&-Rural-Show-2019

The future in renewable energy for farms

The next few years for farms appear challenging. There are some fantastic opportunities for rural businesses wanting to future-proof and to drive change.  The event showcased the most innovative diversification options available in one space over two days.

In the future, Powersystems see opportunity for farmers with the right infrastructure to host charging stations for electric cars, or become sellers of biodiesel or Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) for low emission cars.

Feedback told us that the key focus for next year will be on the opportunities within energy storage and low emissions vehicles.

However, in the current climate, it’s also about making the most of what you’ve got on-farm, and maximising returns on current investments.

New developments are of course still achievable, but need to be carefully managed, with long-term planning and future opportunities in mind.

The Powersystems renewable energy team see their role to educate and share information on how this is likely to be applied practically over the next five years and beyond.

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Powersystems and Parliament discussing electricity generation

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Powersystems Attend Parliament

Powersystems were invited to attend the houses of parliament this week with the Conservative Environment Network (CEN), Vattenfall UK and 10:10 Climate Action group to bring constituents and supply chain businesses to talk to MPs about the cheapest source of electricity generation: onshore wind.

The event was opened by Simon Clarke MP and other speakers included Luke Graham MP and Sam Richards of CEN.

Powersystems advised, that they were responsible for the electrical installation on over 25% of onshore wind farms in the UK and were the trusted supply partner and best placed to speak with MP’s about the important role wind generation plays in keeping the lights on, reducing bills and its significance in fighting climate change.

Sam Richards, Director of the Conservative Environment Network said, “we know that we need more renewables to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and combat climate change. Onshore wind is the cheapest form of renewable energy, and we should make sure we utilise it where communities want it.”

Ellie Roberts from climate change charity 10:10 Climate Action said, “we had over one hundred constituents in Parliament calling on their MPs to bring back onshore wind – and tens of thousands of people from across the UK have written to the government stating their support. Over three quarters of the British public back onshore – we’re here to make sure MPs realise it.”

Danielle Lane, UK Country Manager at Vattenfall, the Swedish energy company said, “Low-cost, popular, reliable, jobs-boosting onshore wind, free from fossil fuels, deserves the support of the UK Government. It offers a great deal for the British consumer and the economy and investors like us are determined to deliver on the sector’s great potential.”

There is currently 5GW of onshore wind projects with planning consent ready to be built and the key message was that by excluding onshore windfarm from future Contracts for Difference auctions this pipeline is unlikely to be realised.

A fantastic turnout of 40 MP’s showing there is a real interest in making a difference.  The event also presented a great opportunity for Powersystems to speak with like-minded people on the importance of onshore wind in the UK. We would like to thank our local MP Luke Hall for dropping in to lend his support.

Did you know that 66% of onshore wind investment stays in the UK economy –  therefore supporting it could create 18,000 construction jobs and a further 8,500 long-term O&M jobs!

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