Researchers from the University of Birmingham have launched a roadmap, outlining the role energy storage will play in helping the UK to reach net zero.
Unveiled on 8 December, the Energy Storage Roadmap assesses the role of energy storage in the UK’s future energy system over the next 10-15 years, while exploring how UK research and innovation can play a role in developing this system. As renewable energy sources grow in pursuit of net zero targets, technologies capable of storing energy for hours, days and months, will be crucial to keeping energy systems stable and supply reliable.
With the government recognising the importance of energy storage technologies in its 10-point plan for a green industrial revolution, the researchers stressed how developing these systems in a “sustainable and integrated way” is key to transitioning to a low-carbon system.
In order to achieve these goals, the roadmap made a series of recommendations to guide future research and policy priorities, such as strengthening research and development in electrochemical batteries; continuing reforms to the electricity market and its regulation, enabling energy storage technologies to compete; increasing innovation support for large-scale storage technologies, including thermal and seasonal storage; investing in electric vehicle manufacturing in the UK, including supporting the development of a circular economy in this sector; and ensuring that policy and regulation keeps pace with technical innovation, especially for the increasing integration of heat, power and transport.