Lead: Dr Jonathan Radcliffe, University of Birmingham
Summary: The primary aim of this WP is to assess data and disseminate information from the energy storage capital grant facilities, maximising the value of those investments. Dissemination will be through a national ‘observatory’ for energy storage: this web-based portal will hold information on the facilities, research outputs from WPs 1 - 3, and provide access to data from operational runs of the pilot plants. We will also assess the performance of the pilot plants, over time, against performance metrics, using the captured data. Whilst there is a growing number of energy storage demonstrator sites in the UK and globally, there is little data available on their operation. As well as experimental research equipment, the capital grants funded the building of energy storage pilot plants on university campuses at Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and Nottingham, together with the Sheffield facility at Willenhall on a public distribution network. These test-beds will allow systematic and comparative studies of energy storage technologies to an extent that is not possible with industrial demonstrators. It will allow sharing of data between centres and with others, with the technology options assessed side-by-side, to identify gaps and inform future policy and innovation decisions. By creating a network of such national facilities, and providing access to their output through a national energy storage observatory, the UK can be established as an innovation hub. We will make use of existing RCUK facilities through UKERC’s Energy Data Centre, which is run by STFC’s Energy Research Unit and stores data in the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis (CEDA) – a well-established national data repository. We will also engage with the wider energy programme where projects need to parametrise energy storage into systems models. Although outside the scope of this project we will explore how data from other demonstration activities in the UK (for example, those publically funded by Ofgem and DECC) and Europe can be incorporated into the observatory, and grow it as a resource. We have support from Government and industry to pursue this activity – described in the Pathways to Impact statement.
Task 4.1 Design
Task 4.2 Operate and collect pilot plant operational data
Task 4.3 Analyse and engage