One of the world’s current market trends in the energy industry is the renewable energy sector. This fact doesn’t surprise many who have been keeping an eye on the environment and the climate changes. For years, experts urged people to invest more in green energy to reduce carbon emissions for a safe world. However, the change was stagnant, and less administration paid attention to the environment. With time things are changing, and people are focusing more on renewable energy. In the recent Texas blackout, many fears rose regarding energy storage and what a city will become in extreme climatic conditions.
Renewable energy depends on natural resources that men can’t control, and experts need to take advantage of excess resources. However, issues arise with the storage technology. In the recent report, testing a ground-breaking renewable energy storage project in Edinburgh, Scottish, is due to start next month.
The one-euro demonstration project under the Forth Port’s Prince Albert Dock under the construction phase is under development by Gravitricity. It is a Leith-based startup company that plans on using underground shafts and substantial weights to store vast amounts of energy. It has a 250kW demonstrator, including a 15-meter high lattice tower, dual grid-connected generator parts, and two 25-tonne weights under steel cables.
Recently, Frances Tierney, Engineering Project manager, stated that the top frame and the tower are in place during the best weather conditions. The company is installing the electrical connection to its winch container, aiming to fully commissioned next month.
The testing phase is precise and straightforward to ensure that the technology is functional and free from operational errors. During its testing, the Gravitricity development team will kick off by lowering the weights while allowing the product to generate full power. Also, the team will verify the speed response of these weights. Frances explained more about the project claiming that the end product will operate underground, but the company is creating an above-ground structure for the demonstrator they are testing.
This experience will give an insight into what to expect in the future when using this technology. It aims to get a zero to complete power setting in a second, which is the perfect backup plan with a high-frequency response. Later, the development team will run tests with the two weights dropping each weight over a longer time to demonstrate their maximum capabilities.
It is a two-month setting that will help the team confirm their systems and give data for their first full-scale 4-8MW project that will begin later this year. This project collaborates with outstanding experts worldwide and is supported financially by a 640,000 euros grant from the UK Government.