Energy storage: Are Batteries the Key to a Renewable Energy Future?

Thursday 5 October
6.30 for 7pm
The Stripe, King Alfred Campus, University of Winchester, Sparkford Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 4NR

Why is solar power sometimes curtailed on sunny days?

In this joint University/Winchester Action on Climate Change talk in the ‘Is it the answer?’ series on climate change, Chris Miles, Green Energy Business Leader, will explore how to balance supply and demand in our energy system.

In recent years renewable energy provision has increased significantly. However, current energy systems are unable to consistently balance supply and demand. Energy gluts can drive prices negative, wind and solar power may be curtailed unnecessarily and fossil fuel generators are kept in use to provide stability.

Battery energy storage is one of the leading technologies to provide this supply and demand balance. Will this solve all our problems and how long will it takes us to get to unsubsidised renewable power when we want it?

Speaker biography:

Following a succession of international engineering and business leadership roles in the oil and chemical industries, Chris Miles moved into the renewable energy sector in 2005. He has led on projects in a number of Green Energy businesses including Econergy, British Gas and Renewable Energy Systems.

Chris is currently responsible for leading the development of new business areas within Anesco Ltd, a UK business which regularly features in the global top 100 Green Energy firms. Chris was a board member of the Renewable Energy Association from 2006 to 2014 and holds an MA in Engineering from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD in Paris.

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