June 2017

Identifying Energy Storage Opportunities in Tees Valley

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Tees Valley Unlimited, a forward thinking Local Enterprise Partnership, appointed Eunomia to research energy storage opportunities in the Tees Valley Combined Authority area.

Working with UK clean energy company Progressive Energy, we analysed the opportunities and benefits available through applying advanced heat and electricity demand management to commercial, industrial and domestic energy systems in the region.

Given the scale of the opportunities available, we explored and provided information on a range of possible technologies. We found Battery Storage (both Grid-Scale and Behind-the-meter), Compressed Air Energy Storage and Liquid Air Energy Storage to have the greatest potential.

Given the scale of the opportunities available, we explored and provided information on a range of possible technologies. We found Battery Storage (both Grid-Scale and Behind-the-meter), Compressed Air Energy Storage and Liquid Air Energy Storage to have the greatest potential. We provided Tees Valley Unlimited with a set of roadmaps to deployment for each of these technologies, developed using a five-stage approach, composing:

  • A characterisation of the Tees Valley energy system;
  • A high-level options appraisal;
  • A policy and regulatory analysis;
  • An analysis of funding opportunities; and
  • A detailed analysis of opportunities, including techno-economic modelling of battery performance.

Tees Valley Unlimited used these roadmaps to facilitate discussions with industry and stakeholders and as a springboard to progress potential storage options in the region. This work is now being used to support the region’s development of a comprehensive long-term plan for decarbonising industrial activity and its supply chain.

Junior Consultant Laura Williams said:

“Our up-to-date and in depth understanding of the complex policy and regulatory environment surrounding electricity storage helped inform this work with Tees Valley Unlimited. There’s also a wide range of electricity storage technologies out there and an understanding of current opportunities and barriers to the deployment of storage technologies within both national and local contexts is necessary for projects like this.”

The full report is available here.

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