The Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage (BCES) recognises how energy storage, particularly thermal and cryogenic energy based technologies, coupled with appropriate policy, could play an important role in delivering an integrated energy system. The service that could be provided range from enhancing power quality and reliability, transmission network stability and frequency regulation, to dealing with intermittency of renewables and improving infrastructure utilisation of industrial waste energy. Energy systems will need to become more flexible and resilient to respond to greater variability in supply and demand.
Professor Yulong Ding, Director of the Birmingham Centre for Energy Storage, discusses cryogenic energy storage research at the University on Midlands Today (2015)
The Centre consists of two components: the Birmingham Centre for Cryogenic Energy Storage and the Birmingham Centre for Thermal Energy Storage; both of which draw on capability in materials, thermodynamic processes, application development, smart grid and policy economics.
Our researchers are providing flexibility and robustness by developing new low-carbon technologies that allow us to shift energy from one place or time to another, and to turn highly fluctuating energy sources to stable ones.