Why the UK needs storage winners

As the UK's prime minister, David Cameron, inaugurates the world's largest wind farm, the government's focus should turn to energy storage. Photo credit: London Array Ltd

As the UK’s prime minister, David Cameron, inaugurates the world’s largest wind farm, the government’s focus should turn to energy storage. Photo credit: London Array Ltd

British government support for energy storage could be dependent on the emergence of winning technologies, according to Charles Yates, associate director in Grant Thornton’s UK energy, environment and sustainability team. “The government is being supportive in a low-key way through things like the Technology Strategy Board,” he told Energy Storage Report.

However, he adds: “I think it’s not really throwing its shoulder behind the wheel in any big way because it’s not quite sure what it should be supporting.”

Currently, Yates says: “There’s lots of good ideas. Each one will claim it’s got some particular merits. It’s not clear to me which if any of them are going to emerge in due course as large-scale commercial applications of the kind that will make a difference. If there were some clear leaders then I think there’s a good chance the government would provide support. Particularly Scotland, because they are willing to be innovative.”

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