UK officially backs tidal energy to reach net zero goals

UK officially backs tidal energy to reach net zero goals

The UK government has announced that it will invest £20 million ($27 million) per year in Tidal Stream electricity as part of its Contracts for Difference renewable energy auction scheme.

The aim of the investment is to unlock the potential of tidal power to decarbonise the energy system and to support the development and scale-up of marine technologies.

History has illustrated the effectiveness of the scheme’s design in keeping costs down – between the first allocation round in 2015 and the most recent round in 2019, the price per unit (MWh) of offshore wind fell by around 65%.

Tidal energy can be a very reliable source of generation, due to the predictability of the tides. According to the UK government, including this in the UK’s energy mix will make it easier to match supply with demand, and will further reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and exposure to volatile global gas prices.

Business and Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said: “As an island nation we are perfectly placed to capitalise on clean marine energy, building on our booming offshore wind sector which is now a British industrial success story.

“The investment today provides a major push for tidal power to become a key part of the next generation of renewable electricity projects needed to strengthen energy security as we work to reduce our dependency on volatile fossil fuels.”

Full details of all Contracts for Difference scheme announcements will be released this week, where the government will outline plans to launch its largest Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round, with a total budget for the fourth allocation of £285 million ($380 million) per year.

This fourth round of the Contracts for Difference Scheme will open on 13 December 2021.

Scottish Secretary Alister Jack said: “This UK government allocation of funding for the tidal industry in Scotland, and across the UK, is tremendous news. Harnessing the powers of our seas is a vital step in our transition to the use of greener, cleaner energy and underlines the UK government’s commitment to create and protect highly-skilled jobs while on our journey to net zero by 2050.

“With strong wind and solar power industries in the UK it is the natural next step to explore our tidal energy capabilities. It’s an exciting development in supporting of our domestically-produced renewable energy sources.

Scottish government approves landmark hydro pumped storage scheme Coire Glas

Scottish government approves landmark hydro pumped storage scheme Coire Glas

SSE Renewables says the Scottish Government has granted consent for its proposed Coire Glas project, the UK’s largest newly planned hydro pumped storage scheme.

SSE Renewables says this decision marks another step toward helping Scotland and the UK deliver their net zero ambitions.

If commercially approved, Coire Glas could double the UK’s pumped storage volume capacity and provide the national grid with the low-carbon balancing flexibility needed to reduce energy costs to consumers while helping decarbonise the power system, according to a press release.

The project’s future commercial development is subject to identifying the right market investment framework.

The Coire Glas project, located near Loch Lochy in Lochaber in the Scottish Highlands, would be the UK’s first new pumped storage scheme in over 30 years.

Initially approved for a 600 MW scheme in December 2013, revised plans were submitted in April 2018 to the Scottish Government for an up-to-1500 MW scheme. The changes were designed to maximise the potential of the site and help the UK in its transition to a net zero energy system by 2050.

The newly-approved scheme would be capable of producing power for 24 hours non-stop and would have a pumped storage capacity of up to 30 GWh, SSE Renewables said.

One of the most flexible storage technologies, pumped hydro offers a number of benefits and is the most proven large-scale, long-duration storage option available. It can store surplus renewable electricity at times of low demand and provide this power back to the grid over several days.

For example, the output from Coire Glas could power around 3 million homes for up to 24 hours. This makes it an important tool to integrate the additional wind and solar power that will be built over the coming decades to help achieve the UK’s net zero targets.

Additionally, pumped storage can help relieve transmission bottlenecks and provide a wide range of grid services to the Electricity System Operator, such as restarting the system in the event of a black out.

These “black start” capabilities help provide the flexibility needed to lower the cost of balancing the national grid and thereby lower costs to consumers.

“We’re very pleased with the decision by the Scottish Government to consent the revised Coire Glas project, recognising the long-established and proven benefits pumped storage can bring to the UK’s energy system on the journey to net zero,” said Paul Cooley, SSE Renewables’ director of capital projects.

“There are still commercial hurdles to overcome for new pumped storage as to where it fits within the current market framework, and we are actively exploring potential solutions.

“In the meantime, Coire Glas remains an important development option for SSE Renewables and receiving consent is a significant step forward for the project.”

To speak with Powersystems, please contact us by...

Phone

01454 318000

Email

enquiries@powersystemsuk.com

Talk

Request a call back

Powersystems UK Delivering Greener Power Solutions

Drax’s hydroelectric Cruachan plant provides National Grid stability

Drax’s hydroelectric Cruachan plant provides National Grid stability

Drax Group’s Cruachan hydroelectric pumped storage plant in Argyll in Scotland has begun supplying critical system stability support services to keep Britain’s power system secure.

The six-year partnership with National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO), which is responsible for balancing supply and demand for electricity in Great Britain, is part of a strategy to decarbonise the grid.

Built inside a hollowed-out mountain, one of Cruachan Power Station’s four generating units will provide the grid with support services including inertia.

This helps to keep the electricity system running at the right frequency to reduce the risk of power cuts.

It will achieve this through using a small amount of power from the grid to spin the turbine 600 times every minute offering inertia to the grid to manage changes in frequency without generating unneeded electricity.

Drax Group chief executive Will Gardiner said: “Drax is a leading provider of system support services in Great Britain. This new partnership underlines our commitment to enabling a zero carbon, lower cost energy future.

“Cruachan has played a critical role in the growth of renewables over the last decade and this new contract will enable more wind and solar power to come onto the grid in the years ahead.”

Inertia was traditionally a by-product of the kinetic energy in the spinning parts of large traditional power stations.

As the country’s electricity system has transitioned from traditional sources of power like coal to renewables, such as wind and solar, there has been an increased need to separately procure inertia to maintain stable, secure supplies of power.

Through the stability tender the ESO has procured the equivalent amount of inertia as would have been provided by around five coal-fired power stations – and in the process will save consumers up to €139m over six years.

ESO head of networks Julian Leslie added: “The GB electricity system is one of the most advanced in the world, both in terms of reliability and the levels of renewable power, and we’re really excited to be adding to that with this new approach to operating the grid.

“Our contracts for stability services with providers such as Drax are cheaper and greener, reducing emissions and saving money for electricity consumers.

“This approach – creating a market for inertia and other stability services – is the first of its kind anywhere in the world and is a huge step forward in our ambition to be able to operate the GB electricity system carbon free by 2025.”

Cruachan power station is a unique pumped hydro storage plant located in the hollowed-out Ben Cruachan mountain.

Using its reversible turbines, the station pumps water from Loch Awe to fill an upper reservoir on the mountainside at times when demand for electricity is low.

This process allows the plant to act like a giant battery to store the water for when it is needed.

When demand increases, the stored water can be released through the plant’s turbines to generate power quickly and reliably

To speak with Powersystems, please contact us by...

Phone

01454 318000

Email

enquiries@powersystemsuk.com

Talk

Request a call back

Powersystems UK Delivering Greener Power Solutions

Drax completes a £1 million refurbishment of a historic Stonebyres hydroelectric power station

Drax completes a £1 million refurbishment of a historic Stonebyres hydroelectric power station

Energy giant Drax has completed a £1 million refurbishment of a historic Stonebyres hydroelectric power station on the banks of the river Clyde which it bought from ScottishPower.

Drax said the work on the A-listed Stonebyres plant in Lanarkshire would help ensure it remains operational for years.

Stonebyres forms part of the Lanark hydro scheme, which has been in operation since 1927.

This generates enough power for 17,000 homes.

The scheme was the first large-scale hydroelectric facility of its kind in Britain.It also includes the Bonnington power station.

Drax said work on the Stonebyres plant was complex and challenging. It involved replacing all the original panes of glass and window frames using stronger, modern materials, while retaining the original design and applying a new concrete coating.

The company reckons power stations such as Stonebyres can play an important part in support of the drive to reduce carbon emissions.

Head of hydro Ian Kinnaird said: “Stonebyres Power Station has been producing reliable, renewable electricity for almost a century, and this major refurbishment will ensure it continues to do so for many years to come.”

Drax also operates the Galloway hydroelectric scheme, which includes six power stations.

It acquired the Lanark and Galloway schemes with a portfolio bought from ScottishPower in a £700m deal in 2018.

The portfolio includes the giant Cruachan pumped hydro storage facility in Argyll and gas fired power stations in England.

Cruchan can supply power when needed to make up for fluctuations in the output of renewable energy plants such as windfarms.

Drax did not elaborate on its plans for its facilities in Scotland yesterday. In February it said Cruachan and the hydro schemes had been performing strongly.

The company is preparing to stop using coal as an energy source at the huge Yorkshire power plant from which it takes its name.

To speak with Powersystems, please contact us by...

Phone

01454 318000

Email

enquiries@powersystemsuk.com

Talk

Request a call back

Powersystems UK Delivering Greener Power Solutions

Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply

Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply

Scottish Power to build vast battery to improve wind energy supply

Energy firm says project will be big step towards continuous renewable

Scottish Power is to undertake the most ambitious battery power project in Europe in an attempt to unlock the potential of the UK’s wind and solar farms.

The company will connect an industrial-scale battery, the size of half a football pitch, to the Whitelee onshore windfarm early next year to capture more power from its 215 turbines.

The first major onshore wind power storage project will lead the way for a string of similar projects across at least six of Scottish Power’s largest renewable energy sites over the following 18 months.

It claims the 50MW battery systems promise a “significant step” on the road towards renewable energy, providing baseload, or continuous electricity supply, for the UK energy system.

The battery has more than double the power capacity of any existing battery in the UK. It would take an hour to fully charge and could release enough electricity over an hour to fully charge 806 Nissan Leaf vehicles over a total of 182,000 miles, according to a spokesman for Scottish Power.

Keith Anderson, Scottish Power’s chief executive, said: “Batteries will take renewable energy to the next level. It is a nice, neat solution to help use more and more renewable power in the UK, because that’s what we need to be doing to reach a net zero-carbon economy.”

The lithium-ion battery will help Whitelee, already one of the largest onshore windfarms in Europe, to generate more renewable power by storing electricity when wind speeds are high, for use when the wind drops.

“Over a period of time, we will get to use much more wind output from the project, and across the whole of the country, because even at times of low demand we will be able to capture far more of the wind rather than wasting that potential energy,” he said.

For example, the batteries could charge overnight – when demand for power is low – and release electricity in the morning, when demand from homes and businesses begins to rise.

The on-site batteries will also be used to help even out the UK’s “quite clunky” energy system by releasing short bursts of power to fill in second-by-second fluctuations in renewable energy generation. “They can react in milliseconds and are incredibly useful as a virtually instantaneous tool for the energy system operator,” Anderson said.

Scottish Power’s battery rollout is the UK’s most ambitious move into the emerging energy storage sector, which includes projects from the FTSE energy giants Drax and Centrica as well as its wind power rival, Ørsted.

Paul Wheelhouse, Scotland’s energy minister, said the project was an “exciting new chapter for Whitelee”. The windfarm was one of the first major onshore projects built in the UK 10 years ago.

Wheelhouse said it offered “a number of real potential benefits for Scotland’s energy systems, and the Scottish government will continue to support innovation and deployment in this area”.

Scottish Power will begin construction work at the Whitelee project early next year and expects the facility to be fully operational by the end of 2020.

The plans have emerged just months after Scottish Power sloughed off its remaining fossil fuel power plants to become the first major energy supplier to generate all its electricity from renewable energy sources.

The company struck a £700m deal with Drax last year to hand over its four remaining gas power stations in England to focus exclusively on investing in renewable power and its energy networks business.

“Over the next 10 to 20 years, batteries will become a much more important part of the system. We want to start now,” Anderson said.

 Whitelee windfarm on Eaglesham Moor. Photograph: Ashley Cooper/Alamy

To speak with Powersystems, please contact us by...

Phone

01454 318000

Email

enquiries@powersystemsuk.com

Talk

Request a call back

Powersystems UK Delivering Greener Power Solutions

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.

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

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.

Powersystems-Renewable-Energy-Off-Shore

Powersystems-Renewable-Energy-Off-Shore

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.

Powersystems-Solar-Renewable-Energy

Powersystems-Solar-Energy

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.

Powersystems-Anaerobic-Digestion-Plant-Renewable-Energy

Powersystems-Anaerobic-Digestion-Plant

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.

To speak with Powersystems, please contact us by...

Phone

01454 318000

Email

enquiries@powersystemsuk.com

Talk

Request a call back

Powersystems UK Delivering Greener Power Solutions

Pin It on Pinterest