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Battery Storage and Flexibility Conference 2019

The need for energy storage and flexibility has become increasingly apparent as decarbonisation ambitions are raised and renewables penetration grows. However, future revenue streams and associated uncertainties are difficult to quantify and financing projects can be challenging.

Aurora’s annual Battery Storage and Flexibility Conference has grown to be one of the largest events of its kind in Europe, attracting 550 participants from more than 300 companies in 2018. The event combines original analysis from Aurora with perspective from leading figures from industry, finance and policy in a focused half day in central London.

Central themes for this year’s conference are:

  • What is the requirement for storage and flexibility as we head towards a net zero energy system?
  • Which technologies will meet this requirement?
  • What are the key risks for battery storage and flexibility projects?
  • How can investors get comfortable with these risks?
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Power outages caused widespread disruption on Friday 9th August in Great Britain, after two large generators dropped off the system and back-up capacity was not sufficient to stabilise the grid frequency.

Potential contributing factors include low inertia due to high wind and low thermal generation (though wind variability in itself does not initially appear to be a cause), insufficient flexible capacity, and oversensitive plant protection mechanisms.

National Grid gave the all clear to the DNOs within 15 minutes of the event and most affected areas saw power restored within an hour, however they are now under pressure to answer questions around the likelihood of repeat occurrences, the procured volume of services such as frequency response, and reasons for disconnecting critical infrastructure.

If National Grid is to meet its stated intention of being able to operate a zero-carbon system by 2025, it will likely need to significantly increase its procurement of flexible capacity.

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