The Energy Storage for Low Carbon Grids consortium brings together experts in electrical systems modelling, control, electrical energy storage, thermal energy storage, and economics, into one coherent programme. We enjoy strong support from key stakeholders across the supply chain, including energy storage technology manufacturers, integrators, end users including network operators and power producers, industry research organisations, trade associations and policy makers. We also have 14 PhD studentships to support the programme, which will create a unique cohort of future scientists and engineers in this field, and we will offer dedicated training and development across the broad reach of the programme to these students, and to all participating researchers, to nurture this.

The grand challenge theme of whole systems and techno-economics is addressed in our WP1; technology breakthroughs for large scale application, new innovative technologies, and materials and manufacturing innovation are addressed in an integrated fashion in WP 3, and in WP2 we address the challenge area of operational management and planning of energy storage for system integration. Our Horizon scanning activity in WP4 reaches across WP’s 1 to 3, ensuring we are aware of, and benefit from, advances in the field outside of our consortium. Finally, in WP5 we bring all our work together to address the critical research questions relevant to the development and deployment of grid scale storage to facilitate UK system evolution to a low carbon future, communicating outputs to policy makers, industry, NGOs, and the academic community.

Our research outputs will (a) define the technical requirements, cost targets, competitiveness, business and environmental case, market size/failures and policy/market measures necessary for the cost effective deployment of bulk and distributed energy storage systems under a range of UK low carbon energy futures, (b) establish a portfolio of innovative and scalable storage technologies to meet these requirements, (c) identify cost effective routes to the manufacture of large scale storage devices, and (d) inform policy makers, regulators, and industry of the impact of policy incentives and market measures on the uptake of, and realisation of the economic and environmental benefits arising from, grid scale storage.