Energy storage set to revitalise farming and renewables industry
2016 is expected to see groundbreaking developments in energy storage technology, according to experts at this year's farming-focused Energy Now Expo.
Extensive battery storage facilities, known as energy barns, are being developed to store solar and other forms of renewable energy, either for on-farm use or to be sold back to the national electricity grid. The technology already exists and is only being held back by discussions on policy and definition, according to Stephen Jones from the Energy Storage Network. He added that energy storage had enormous potential for all renewable energy types.
The Energy Now Expo was held in Telford on 10th -11th February. This renewable energy event is aimed exclusively at the agricultural and rural sectors, combining an exhibition featuring over 200 relevant products and service suppliers with a two-day conference featuring key industry speakers.
In a dedicated session on energy storage, it was acknowledged that wide-ranging cuts to government subsidies over the past six months had hit the renewable energy industry hard; however, it was also emphasised that the future remained bright, with new market models emerging rapidly.
Mr Jones claimed that over 200MWh of energy storage was already installed around the world and that this was increasingly being seen as an essential response to rising demand. The Energy Now Expo attracted over 3,000 farmers and landowners, demonstrating considerable interest in renewable energy in these sectors.
With British farming facing its own crises in the past year, it seems that a partnership with the renewable energy industry could be beneficial to both parties.
Published by Green Jobs Online -17th February 2016