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Utility Scale Energy Storage Market Report – UK 2023-2027

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The 3rd publication in our renewable energy report series, the Utility Scale Energy Storage Market Report provides a detailed evaluation of the current state of the market and prospects.

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The UK is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with legally binding targets from the Paris Agreement and its Net Zero by 2050 goal. Emissions have decreased to 50% of 1990 levels due to reduced coal reliance. However, the aging energy infrastructure and delayed solar and wind projects hinder progress.

A queue for grid connection is causing delays for many projects. A change in National Grid’s policy in late 2023 should speed up development. Solar, wind, and energy storage should be prioritized for their cost-effectiveness, energy security, and quick installation. Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C nuclear plants face delays and cost overruns.

To reduce emissions, the UK needs to electrify everything and upgrade its infrastructure. National Grid and other DNOs must build five times more infrastructure in the next seven years. Energy storage, including battery energy storage systems (BESS), is vital for grid stability. BESS has surpassed pumped hydro in capacity and is rapidly growing.

Short-duration storage balances grid frequency and voltage, while long-duration storage enhances grid resilience. Frameworks for long-duration storage projects are lacking. BESS storage duration is improving, with 8-hour projects in development. A range of storage technologies should be prioritized.

UK energy storage capacity could exceed 20GW by 2027 with optimized planning policies and financial incentives. The competitive landscape includes major energy companies, ESG funds, startups, and independent power producers. Collaboration between developers is possible. Developing energy storage will lead to a greener grid, job creation, and cleaner air, positioning the UK as a global example.

Based upon a combination of planning and project data, interviews with key stakeholders and desk research, this report provides an independent and unbiased review of the current position of energy storage market and growth prospects to 2030.


  • Overview of climate change and the role of energy storage in electricity supply
  • Definitions of the various types of energy storage technologies
  • Explanation of how grid storage systems work
  • Overview of the different types of energy storage systems e.g. battery energy storage systems (BESS), pumped hydro, compressed air energy storage

Market Overview & Forecasts

  • Overview of UK electricity generation, distribution and supply;
  • Energy storage market capacity
  • Transition to a ‘smart grid’
  • Forecasts for agreed BESS grid connections to 2030
  • Scenario forecasts for BESS (GW)
  • Potential for pumped hydro capacity to 2031

Market Influences and Drivers

  • Political – government policy and Energy Security Strategy, Net Zero, BESS NSIP requirements, political instability, renewable initiatives overseas
  • Economic – energy prices; energy storage markets and CfD; government and private funding; PPAs; energy prices, lithium prices
  • Social – ESG, renewable perceptions, lack of understanding of energy storage, increased environmental awareness
  • Technological – grid infrastructure and upgrades; grid connection queue; reduced grid inertia; generation intermittency; EV charging; need for LDES; battery cooling
  • Legal – UK environmental obligations; contracts with offtakers; land rights; UK planning system
  • Environmental – reduced fossil fuel energy; lithium extraction and recycling; solar and wind intermittency

Energy Storage Companies and Competitive Landscape

Review of participants in energy storage market including:

  • Major energy companies – including major energy producers developing energy storage projects
  • Energy storage developers – other than major energy producers that have developed energy storage asset
  • Fully funded startup companies that have not yet developed energy storage projects but have significant funding
  • Renewable energy developers – solar & wind developers that also develop BESS
  • Independent power producers not part of a regulated utility that are developing BESS assets
  • ESG funds – companies financing renewable energy projects
  • Originators – smaller companies that develop sites for renewable energy assets but lack the funds to deliver a full project. Get sites ‘shovel ready’ to sell on
  • Property developers – real estate companies who also develop sites for energy storage
  • Pumped hydro developers and CAES/LAES developers

Regional analysis

  • Review of all energy storage projects – operational/active and in planning.
  • Breakdown of installed capacity by region.
  • Further focus on breakdown of BESS projects. Evaluation of prospective energy storage by region

Innovation, sustainability and future of the grid

Review of developments in innovation a cross the different energy storage technologies:

  • EV batteries, 2nd life and recycling
  • Advanced lithium-ion batteries
  • Flow batteries
  • Abundant electrode materials
  • Thermal energy storage technologies including sensible heat storage, PCM latent heat storage
  • Renewable energy generation
  • Future electricity grid system i.e. Smart Grid and superconductivity

1. Introduction

  1. Context
    1. Climate Change
    2. Energy Technology
    3. Energy Storage
  2. Definitions
  3. How it works
    1. Smart grid flexibility
    2. Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS)
    3. Pumped hydro
    4. Compressed air energy storage (CAES)
    5. Liquid air energy storage (LAES)
  4. Abbreviations
  5. Methodology

2. Market Overview and Forecasts

  1. UK Electricity System
  2. UK Energy Storage Capacity
  3. Market Leaders
  4. UK Transition to a Flexible Smart Grid
  5. Energy Storage Market Forecasts

3. Market Influences and Drivers

  2. Political
    1. Recent Government Policy
    2. UK Energy Security Strategy
    3. Carbon Capture and Hydrogen
    4. UK Political Insecurity and Upcoming Manifesto Energy Pledges
    5. US Inflation Reduction Act
    6. Reliance on Chinese Production
  3. Economic
    1. UK GDP
    2. UKIB and Net Zero Innovation Portfolio
    3. Energy Storage Financial Markets
    4. Contracts for Difference
    5. Power Purchase Agreements
    6. Increased funding to upgrade electricity distribution network
    7. Energy Prices
    8. Asset Management
    9. Special Purpose Vehicles
    10. ESG Funds
  4. Social
    1. ESG and the Triple Bottom Line
    2. Perception of Renewables and Myths
  5. Technological
    1. Great Grid Connection
    2. Electricity Infrastructure
    3. EV Charging
    4. DNOs vs IDNOs/ICPs
    5. Need for Long Duration Storage
    6. Speed of Development
    7. Li-ion Battery Cooling Requirements
    8. Decommissioned Power Stations
  6. Legal
    1. UK Environmental Obligations
    2. Planning
  7. Environmental
    1. Scarce Resources

4. Energy Storage Companies and Competitive Landscape

  1. Energy Storage Market
  2. Major Energy Companies
  3. Experienced Energy Storage Companies
  4. Funded Developers
  5. ESG Funds
    1. Other ESG Funds
  6. Renewable energy developers
    1. Other Renewable Developers
    2. Prospective entrants from overseas
  7. Independent Power Producers
    1. Other independent power producers
  8. Originators
    1. Other Originators
  9. Property Companies
  10. Long Duration Storage
    1. CAES / LAES
    2. Pumped Hydro
  11. BESS Optimisers
  12. BESS pack Suppliers (Li-ion and Others)
    1. Li-ion
    2. Flow Batteries
    3. Other Batteries
  13. DNOs
    1. IDNOs
  14. Case Studies
    1. UK Power Networks Smarter Network Storage
    2. Minety Storage
    3. Energy Superhub Oxford
    4. Harmony Energy Pillswood

5. Regional Analysis

6. Innovation, Sustainability and the Future of the Grid

  1. Batteries
    1. 2nd Life EV Batteries and Recycling
    2. Advanced batteries
    3. Flow Batteries
    4. Abundant Electrode materials
  2. Thermal Energy Storage
    1. Sensible Heat Storage (SHS)
    2. PCM Latent Heat Storage (LHS)
  3. Renewable Generation
    1. Solar Power
    2. Wind Turbine Design
    3. Morocco-UK Power Project
  4. Future Grid System
    1. Smart Grid
    2. Superconductivity
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