The UK’s pipeline of energy storage projects has increased by more than two-thirds over the last year, according to a new report. RenewableUK’s analysis shows that the capacity of projects which are operational, under construction, consented or being planned has increased from 50.3GW a year ago to 84.8GW.
Operational battery storage capacity has grown to 3.5GW, and the capacity of projects under construction has reached 3.8GW. A further 24.5GW has been consented, 27.4GW has been submitted in the planning system and 25.7GW is at an early stage of development but yet to be submitted.
England has 60% of the overall pipeline of UK projects (50.7GW) including the highest capacity of fully commissioned battery storage projects (2.8GW). Scotland has the second largest pipeline at 29.5GW.
RenewableUK’s Director of Future Electricity Systems Barnaby Wharton said: “While the battery market is booming, we need investment in even larger projects to store energy for longer, unlocking further opportunities for us to scale up this cutting-edge technology. We’re still waiting for the Government to confirm how they will stabilise revenues for long duration projects.”