BEIS unveils new details for £68m long duration energy storage competition

BEIS unveils new details for £68m long duration energy storage competition

Details of the government’s upcoming long duration energy storage innovation competition have been revealed, with an event to provide application support this month.

Announced in December’s energy white paper, the competition – which forms part of a £1 billion net zero innovation portfolio – is open to technologies that can be deployed at large scale, provide longer-duration storage – which is defined as over four hours – and can provide competitive flexibility services and system benefits.

The application window for the competition is currently open, with a competition event to be held on 17 June. This will be hosted by the Association for Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

It is hoped this event will support the development of applications and encourage the formulation of consortia. This is because stream one of the competition – with c.£37 million available through grant funding for projects with technology readiness levels that are over six, which would include those at the large scale stage, inactive commissioning, active commissioning and operations – requires applicants to secure matched private investment.

BEIS is considering a phased delivery for stream one, with down-selection after the first phase, mobilisation. A target minimum of three projects would be progressed to phase two, which is build and commission.

Stream two meanwhile has c.£30 million on offer through Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) contracts, which require risk-sharing. Delivery would be phased, with down-selection after phase one – feasibility – and a target minimum of three projects to be progressed to phase two, being build and commission.

The application window will close in July 2021, with project kick off scheduled for September. The build competition for stream one is scheduled for March 2025, while stream two is scheduled for March 2024.

A report released by Scottish Renewables earlier this year highlighted the need for long duration energy storage, warning that the UK’s climate change targets will not be met without the removal of barriers to long duration storage.

It suggested a price floor mechanism that would guarantee a minimal level of revenue. It would give confidence to investors with long duration projects currently unable to attract investment from capital markets, the association suggested.

The same month, a report from the REA detailed how a new market mechanism for longer-duration storage should be created, exploring how the current merchant model presents a “significant barrier” to the development of large-scale longer-duration energy storage projects.

More detail on the new competition can be found here.

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.



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.



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.



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.



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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Ray Wind Farm Successfully Handed Over

Ray Wind Farm Successfully Handed Over

Ray Wind Farm Handed Over Successfully

The Ray Wind Farm, operated by Vattenfall, sits on the Ray Estate in Northumberland. It comprises of 16 turbines generating 54.4 megawatts of electricity to the National Grid annually, and will continue to do so for the next 25 years – the life of the  Ray Wind Farm.

The project, which commenced in July 2015, was for a 16 turbine wind farm (3.5MW Senvion turbines) and included the construction and upgrading of site tracks, construction of new site junction, turbine foundations, crane hardstandings, control building and piped culverts. The 24km of contestable grid connection works that were also part of the contract included horizontal directional drilling below Hadrian’s Wall and the North Tyne River.

Ray Wind Farm Electrical Infrastructure Project

Powersystems  successfully completed and handed over the Ray Wind Farm electrical infrastructure project.  Fulfilling its contract to provide the design, supply, installation and commissioning services of the 54.4MW Ray Wind Farm. 

A 26km 33kV grid connection route made up of 6 x 33kV power cables, fibre optic cables, over 300 terminations and 4 x overhead line section points, all undertaken by Powersystems as the Independent Connection Provider (ICP) in Northern Powergrid’s region.

Ray Wind Farm Key Issues for the Project Team

• Successfully managed for 61 no. protected species along the route
• Archaeological constraints – protection of various cairns, mine shafts and a 400 BC roundhouse
• Direction drilling under Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site
• Working in difficult weather conditions (rainfall in December 2015 was 300% above the monthly average)
• Close liaison with landowners and tenants
• Difficult access to both open moorland and minor roads throughout Northumberland
• Construction through challenging ground conditions requiring specialist activities such as ground penetrating radar, grouting and well pointing

Powersystems team and collaboration efforts  again proved their ability to work in partnership with the main civil contractor, turbine installer and the wind farm client to deliver this project to plan, as well as  provide an extra level of service and support to accommodate any additional requirements throughout the project.

Ray Wind Farm Funds

For every year of Ray Wind Farms working life, Vattenfall will donate money to the rural communities that fall within the catchment area of the Wind Farm, largely the parishes of Bavington, Birtley, Corsenside, Elsdon, Kirkwhelpington, Otterburn, Rothley and Wallington, or within 10km of the Wind Farm i.e. ‘the Area of Benefit’.   The annual figure donated is £5,000 per megawatt of generated output, index-linked, for the life of the Wind Farm – more than £250,000 per year, commencing in 2018.

To ensure the transparent distribution of funds within the communities, a Community Interest Company has been established with Board members representing each of six parish councils within the catchment area, plus seven lay members appointed to further represent their respective communities. Each will serve a term of three years (renewable). The Community Interest Company (CIC) is legally registered and is accountable to Vattenfall.

There are three funds: The Small Grants Programme (SGP) managed and administered by The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear, which awards grants up to £10,000 for charitable projects; the Local Initiatives Fund (LIF), administered by the CIC, which is flexible in scope and can make larger awards; and the Legacy Fund.  

Ray Windfarm gained UK Government approval in 2005 and work started in 2015.  Now that it is fully operational it is able to provide electricity for 30,000 homes directly into the national grid transmission network, for the benefit of customers across the UK.

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