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Energy Industry Launches Low-Carbon Innovation Platform

Utilities giants team up to solve barriers with energy storage

A group of utilities giants including Centrica, DONG Energy and SSE have teamed up to launch a new innovation platform which aims to solve the barriers to a low-cost, low-carbon energy system.

The Energy Systems Innovation Platform (ESIP), led by The Carbon Trust, will showcase the opportunities for energy storage to save customers billions of pounds. Solutions to a lack of investment will be developed based around issues such as regulation, transparency and a required shift in business models.

Carbon Trust innovation director Andrew Lever said: “There is now general consensus that the UK energy markets needs to be revamped so we can embrace a flexible and more decentralised energy system. However the fragmented nature of the energy market is driving fragmented decision making and many investments are led by technology not market needs.

“There is an urgent need for an open forum where the wider industry can collaborate to solve common issues in order to capitalise on recent storage innovation. ESIP fills that gap. We now have a window of opportunity to foster new business models and put in place the regulatory mechanisms that will give investors the confidence to stop chasing market distortions and focus on the long term.”

‘Vital piece of the puzzle’

The Carbon Trust has previously claimed that the implementation of energy storage systems could contribute £2.4bn to UK electricity system savings by 2030, but only if a range of 'necessary regulatory reforms' are introduced.

The Trust has designed ESIP to bring together relevant stakeholders, including Scottish Power, Statoil and Wood Group, recognising the necessity for a collaborative approach to develop storage solutions.

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