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UK Business Secretary Vince Cable endorses project by Grid-Scale Energy Storage speaker, Isentropic*


On June 11th, Vince Cable endorsed progress in large-scale electricity storage by Isentropic, a key speaker at SMi's upcoming Grid-Scale Energy Storage conference. Using a combined heat pump/heat engine, Isentropic have developed an innovative way to harness a temperature difference to store energy. First, electricity is used to create a large temperature difference (500oC hot and -160oC cold), which can then be stored in two low-cost gravel silos. Recombining the hot and cold regenerates the electricity with an overall efficiency of 75%.

In a joint statement with the UK's Energy Technologies Institute (ETI), Isentropic announced £14m of ETI funding to develop a 1.5MW/6MWh energy storage device. The device will operate at a UK primary substation and, once tested, may be rolled out across the country. With approximately 5,000 substations throughout the kingdom, this is expected to bring cost benefits for electricity customers.

“We believe this investment and project will allow us to demonstrate further our leading position in the fast growing energy storage market,” says James Mcnaughten, Chief Executive Officer of Isentropic.

“Finding innovative ways to store energy [is] an increasingly important factor in the transition to a green economy," added Vince Cable, UK Business Secretary. “The UK needs to seize the opportunities presented by the transition to a green economy and finding low cost solutions to electricity storage offers significant growth opportunities while also helping us meet the challenges of climate change."

Further details of Isentropic’s presentation at 4pm on June 26th can be found by clicking on the ‘Programme’ tab above and then the ‘Day 2’ tab.

*Source: Energy Technologies Institute, (2012). ETI invest £14m in energy storage breakthrough with Isentropic. Downloaded from the World Wide Web on June 12th, 2012: http://www.eti.co.uk/news/article/eti_invest_14m_in_energy_storage_breakthrough_with_isentropic 

 

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Grid-scale energy storage is an alternative approach to the smart grid.  Enabling energy for release during peak demand is being incorporated into existing networks, and the past year has brought plenty to talk about.  Advances in battery storage technologies are making their mark and enabling excess energy to be fed into networks throughout the developed world.

Focussing on conventional and renweable imputs, SMi's Grid Scale Energy Storage conference brings together key stakeholders in the public and private sectors.  A stimulating two days of discussion and analysis will provide you with intelligence you need to remain ahead in this fast-moving and exciting field. 

In spite of the global economic dowturn investment in energy storage has increased since 2010 and is forecast to grow impressively over the next several years – to the tune of an annual average rate of 50%.  With an expert line-up of keystakeholders, attending this conference will enable you to:

  • Utilise international case studies on energy storage investment drivers, incentives and innovation
  • Obtain strategic insights into UK and US market reform and policy initiatives to support deployment
  • Improve commercial viability and overcome legislative obstacles to project commercialisation
  • Optimise integration of battery, supercapacitor and thermal energy storage systems
  • Evaluate new developments in storage from offshore technologies
  • Maintain grid safety and security for utility-scale projects
  • Deploy storage as a solution for local renewable electricity generation
  • Assess the future role of energy storage and demand-side participation in the UK

Chief Executive Officers, Chief Operating Officers, Managing Directors, Vice Presidents, Directors, Partners, Heads and Managers in:

  • Electricity Network Strategy
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  • Electrical Engineering
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  • Electrical Energy Systems
  • Energy Research
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  • Sustainable and Renewable Energy
  • Asset Management
  • Dynamics
  • Wind Power
  • Solar Energy
  • Wave and Tidal Technologies
  • Research & Development 
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  • Electric Vehicles

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Ron Loveland

Ron Loveland, Director, Sustainable Energy and Industry , Welsh Assembly Government

James  Macnaghten

James Macnaghten, Chief Executive Officer, Isentropic

9:10 A review of energy storage technologies

Graham Cooley

Graham Cooley, Chief Executive Officer, ITM Power

  • A new low-carbon power system
  • Solutions for balancing the grid
  • Energy storage and DSM
  • Energy storage applications
  • Energy storage technologies
  • Sector export
  • 9:50 The value of electricity storage

    Jos Blom

    Jos Blom, Innovation and Strategy Consultant, Alliander N.V.

  • For households 
  • For environment
  • For grids
  • 10:20 Morning Coffee

    10:50 Setting long-term priorities for energy storage innovation and deployment in the UK

    Eric Lounsbury

    Eric Lounsbury, Associate Director, The Carbon Trust

  • The role of grid-scale energy storage in the future energy system
  • The green growth opportunity for UK energy storage businesses
  • Market failures and barriers holding back innovation and deployment in energy storage
  • Opportunities for public sector support of energy storage innovation
  • 11:25 The future role of energy storage in the UK

    Jonathan Radcliffe

    Jonathan Radcliffe, Head, Analysis Team, Energy Research Partnership

  • The energy system to 2030
  • The role for energy storage
  • Energy storage research, development and demonstration in the UK
  • Deployment issues
  • 12:00 Strategic assessment of the role and value of energy storage systems in the UK low-carbon energy future

    Goran Strbac

    Goran Strbac, Professor of Electrical Energy Systems, Imperial College London

  • Role of energy storage in suporting cost effective intgeration of low carbon energy system
  • Assessing the benefits and deployment volumes of energy storage
  • What is the competition to energy storage? What are the cost and performance targets for grid scale energy storage systems?
  • Case study: value of storage in future UK energy system
  • 12:35 Investment drivers and market reform for electricity storage

    Sean Gammons

    Sean Gammons, Director, NERA Economic Consulting

  • Key economic value drivers for electric storage
  • Electricity market structure and the market reform process
  • Locational signals for storage investment
  • 13:10 Networking Lunch

    14:10 Key drivers of value for early energy storage opportunities a US Market Perspective

    David Walls

    David Walls, Managing Director, Energy Practice, Navigant Consulting

  • Framework for assessing the value of energy storage
  • High value opportunities for early storage applications
  • Policy and market issues facing US developers
  • Project examples from the US market
  • 14:45 Challenges and opportunities for energy storage technologies at the grid scale

    Nigel Brandon

    Nigel Brandon, Director of the Energy Futures Lab, Imperial College London

  • Desired technology characteristics
  • Overcoming current limitations in electrochemical energy storage and conversion
  • Innovation and commercialisation of grid scale storage technology
  • 15:20 Bringing energy storage from alternative to mainstream: policy initiatives

    Sally Fenton

    Sally Fenton, Project Leader, Innovation Delivery, Department of Energy and Climate Change

  • The ongoing need for innovation in storage solutions
  • Exploring incentives and support to make storage viable
  • Government and industry – working together to overcome barriers to innovation
  • 15:55 Afternoon Tea

    16:15 Grid-scale energy storage more than one way

    Stewart Reid

    Stewart Reid, Future Networks and Policy Manager, Scottish and Southern Energy

  • Technologies under development
  • Network requirements for integration
  • Commercial models being  trialled by SSE Power Distribution
  • 16:50 Global developments in the underground elements of compressed air energy storage (CAES): analysis and technical issues

    Michael  King

    Michael King, Principal, Hydrodynamics

  • Earth-based geological structures are the only option to service as air storage vessels for bulk energy CAES facilities.
  • Earth-based structures suitable for service as air storage vessels include 1) solution mined salt cavities, 2) excavated mine cavities, 3) aquifer-water bearing geologic structures, and 4) depleted natural gas reservoirs
  • CAES has been successful in solution mined salt domes/bedded salt formations
  • Hydrodynamics successfully analyzed, tested, and designed the Norton Mine, Ohio CAES storage vessel to support up to 2,700 MWe power
  • Hydrodynamics is currently modeling and testing CAES in both aquifer and depleted natural gas fields in the USA and Canada. Results of our research are provided
  • 17:10 Panel discussion: Energy storage- where are we and what are the prospects for the future

    Energy storage is an alternative to the smart grid yet there are no commercial storage technologies.  Topics discussed in this lively session will include updates on field tests, regulatory framework designs and value concerns.  The panel will include a selection of the day’s speakers.

    Gareth Evans

    Gareth Evans, Head of Profession Engineering, Ofgem

    David Walls

    David Walls, Managing Director, Energy Practice, Navigant Consulting

    Jonathan Radcliffe

    Jonathan Radcliffe, Head, Analysis Team, Energy Research Partnership

    James  Macnaghten

    James Macnaghten, Chief Executive Officer, Isentropic

    17:45 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    James  Macnaghten

    James Macnaghten, Chief Executive Officer, Isentropic

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Graham Howes

    Graham Howes, Ventures Associate, BP Alternative Energy International

    9:10 Policy initiatives to support storage deployment

  • How does storage work within the context of the current market and regulatory framework  
  • What is being done to overcome legislative and planning obstacles
  • How can legislation and regulation positively influence stakeholder value propositions  
  • Exploring potential incentives and support to further project goals
  • Keith  MacLean

    Keith MacLean, Future Networks and Policy Manager, SSE

    9:40 The transmission perspective on energy storage

    Richard  Smith

    Richard Smith, Future Transmission Networks Manager, National Grid

  • Implications for the system operator, e.g. obtaining an energy balance in real time
  • Planning for uncertainty and integrating renewables into our networks 
  • The unsolved challenges for grid scale storage 
  • 10:10 Investigation of the role of energy storage in low-carbon networks

    Neal Wade

    Neal Wade, Lecturer, Energy Group, Durham University

  • How can energy storage systems assist with the integration of low-carbon loads and generators in electricity distribution networks?
  • Experience from modelling and operating a 200 kWh/600 kW Li-ion battery on an 11kV network
  • Trial design for the energy storage installations planned for the customer-led network revolution project
  • Consideration of non-technical factors when modelling energy storage systems in distribution networks
  • 10:40 Morning Coffee

    11:10 Assessment of demand-side participation potential for the UK between 2015 - 2035

    Karima  Boukir

    Karima Boukir, Head of Management of Intermittent Renewable Energies, EDF Energy/R&D UK Centre

  • Scenarios for decarbonising heat and transport in the UK, through specific examples from DECC 2050 pathways
  • Impact of demand scenarios on the load curve and on the UK power system
  • Assessment of the related economic value in dealing with DSP
  • Some challenges in deploying DSP
  • 11:40 Maintaining grid security in a decarbonised world

    Andy Boston

    Andy Boston, Technical Head, Business Modelling, E.ON

  • Power is central to wider economy decarbonisation
  • The carbon/cost/security trilemma
  • Timescales of threats to security and their mitigation
  • Potential role for storage
  • 12:10 Electrochemical energy storage for grid applications

    Peter Hall

    Peter Hall, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University of Sheffield

  • NaS and ZEBRA: high-temperature battery systems
  • Li-ion
  • Redox flow cells
  • Aqueous based batteries
  • Supercapacitors
  • Technology comparisons and safety
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    13:40 A system to stabilise the UK grid and give significant CO2 reductions

    Eric Lewis

    Eric Lewis, Engineering Consultant, Power Electronics, Converteam (GE Energy)

  • Results from the GE Energy, Power Conversion stability modelling of the proposed 2020 UK Grid
  • Data on MWh class energy storage projects connected to the China and USA grid systems
  • The new grid scale Durathon TM energy storage battery
  • A proposed design to stabilise the proposed 2020 UK Grid plus major CO2 reduction benefit
  • 14:10 Insights in storage as a solution for local renewable electricity generation

    Grietus Mulder

    Grietus Mulder, Expert Smart Grids and Electricity Storage, VITO

  • Lead-acid batteries: technical characteristics, cost and lifetime
  • Break-even analysis of PV-battery self-consumption systems
  • Factors influencing the feasibility of self-consumption
  • 14:40 The potential for electric vehicle integration into grid-scale storage

    Jonathan Dixon

    Jonathan Dixon, Corporate Planning , Nissan Motor Co.

  • Electric Vehicle growth potential
  • Real-world experience of electric Vehicles as a portable energy device
  • Opportunities for supporting energy usage efficiency and renewable promotion
  • 15:10 Afternoon Tea

    15:30 The possible role of thermal energy storage within the UK energy network

    Phil Eames

    Phil Eames, Professor of Renewable Energy and Drirector, CREST, Loughborough University

  • Energy storage density
  • Charge/discharge rates and effectiveness
  • Parasitic heat loss and energy degradation
  • Case studies
  • 16:00 An alternative market mechanism to optimise the income generated by an electricity storage system

    James  Macnaghten

    James Macnaghten, Chief Executive Officer, Isentropic

  • Introduction to Isentropic
  • Outline of Pumped Heat Electricity Storage
  • Discussion of a novel method of aggregating the value of storage
  • Reasons why this trading method should be considered by DECC
  • Practical issues
  • 16:30 The Highview Cryo Energy System: utility-scale energy storage- solving the problem with cold cryogenic energy storage

    Gareth Brett

    Gareth Brett, Chief Executive Officer, Highview Power Storage

  • Introducing the operational pilot plant connected to the National Grid
  • Insight into the technology, economics, unique applications 
  • The commercialisation road-map
  • 17:00 Energy storage and offshore renewables

    Seamus Garvey

    Seamus Garvey, Professor of Dynamics and Director of Research, Faculty of Engineering, University of Nottingham

  • Why offshore renewables are a particularly strong driver for ES in at least some contexts
  • The relationship between offshore renewable penetration and ES
  • Potentials for integration of offshore energy harvesting and storage
  • A system design for integrated offshore energy collection and storage
  • 17:30 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

    Graham Howes

    Graham Howes, Ventures Associate, BP Alternative Energy International

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