UK puts £17m into energy storage competition

Recently under attack by industry insiders for doing little or nothing to support energy storage for the UK grid, David Cameron’s government has just announced a measure to stimulate the development of early-stage ideas that could result in grid-scale energy storage. Split into two phases, the Energy Storage Technology Demonstration Competition will first provide up to GBP£40,000 to develop each promising idea.

It will then award contracts worth from £500,000 to £12m for up to 10 different projects that can demonstrate a genuine cost benefit. The UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, which is running the competition, says any technology would be eligible for consideration. The deadline for receipt of applications is noon on 13 December 2012.

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