Mott MacDonald supports government sustainable storage programme

20 July 2017 Consultancy.uk

The UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has hired Mott MacDonald to provide technical advisory, assessment and verification services for a new smart systems and storage innovation programme. The programme is aimed at hastening development of a range of renewable energy support technologies, such as energy storage systems.

The shift towards more sustainable forms of energy generation, as well as distribution, continues to dominate government agendas across the globe. Frameworks, such as the Paris Agreement, which aims limit climate change to beneath 2C, have given new reasons for individual nations to invest in green technology, in order to meet the targets set by the accord.

This growing impetus has seen increasing efforts to develop distributed energy networks. The networks, which often involve input from multiple generation sources, are likely to become increasingly important as the cost of renewable energy generators decreases and simple economics takes hold. One of the technologies that improves the efficiency of such networks, is energy storage.

Mott MacDonald to provide advisory support to  BEIS’ smart systems and storage innovation programme

In a bid to support the development of energy storage propositions, among a range of other technologies, the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has launched the smart systems and storage innovation programme. The programme supports the commercialisation of innovative clean energy technologies and processes, which include storage, demand-side response and ‘smart’ technologies.

The BEIS recently commissioned engineering and consultancy Mott MacDonald, through the Energy Technical Specialist Framework, to assist with the technical development and management of the programme. The firm, which is involved in multiple sustainable energy projects worldwide, particularly involving wind farms, will provide technical advisory, assessment and verification services, focused on assessing the energy storage costs of initiatives with a use case tool, as well as bid appraisal, detailed project contract negotiations and delivery stages of the programme.

Regarding the project, Adina Popa, the consulting firm’s Project Director, said, “This appointment capitalises on our long track-record in assisting the UK Government with the implementation of energy sector innovation competitions, as well as our experience in a wide range of energy storage and smart energy system technologies.”

He added, “Building on our technical skills, this programme provides us with an opportunity to engage with organisations at the forefront of this market at an early stage as we grow our offering in energy innovation sector.”

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