Could ‘On Farm’ energy storage technology prove a viable investment for your rural business? Energy storage technology is developing rapidly, and costs are falling. For many businesses, energy bills are a significant expense and taking steps to better manage your energy use, as well as reducing carbon emissions, can directly impact your financial outlay, competitiveness, reputation and green credentials.
Energy storage comes in many forms; however, battery technology is the fastest growing commercial opportunity currently available to farmers. Battery storage systems mainly use lithium-ion and work by capturing and storing energy generated from renewable technologies, including solar, wind, CHP and biomass. They can also work independently of a renewable energy source, by storing cheaper energy from the grid, which can then be released when it is needed or when energy costs are high. In some cases, batteries can support the National Grid and additional revenue can be generated.
Batteries can also be configured to act as an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) to provide power in times of power outages. This can provide emergency power to a load when the input power source or mains power fails, protecting valuable commercial processes or data.
Energy storage technology equipment ranges in size from small domestic units the size of a kitchen cupboard, to multiple stacked units that fit in a barn or garage, and up to large shipping containers that can be offloaded straight into a farmyard.
However, it is not always straight-forward to assess whether energy storage will work for your business either from a technical or financial point of view. Therefore, Realise Energy Services have now purchased software for dedicated onsite assessment of renewables and storage of energy.
Realise Energy Services can now look at your current energy usage, both generation and consumption, and then design an energy storage strategy that will indicate overall financial viability and system sizing. Once agreed, the system will then be supplied and installed by our own in-house specialist energy engineers.
If you are interested in On Farm Energy Storage or our energy storage assessment tool, please do get in touch.
COVID-19 – REALISE ENERGY SERVICES EMERGENCY MEASURES IN PLACE TO ENSURE SAFE OPERATION OF OUR CUSTOMERS’ TURBINES
Realise Energy Services is taking the spread of Coronavirus in the UK&I extremely seriously. Our number one priority remains the safety and wellbeing of our employees and customers, providing a safe and hygienic environment for them to carry out their work and ensure the continuing safe operation of your turbine(s).
We are staying well informed of the developing situation and are following the advice and recommendations from the Government, relevant Public Health bodies and the World Health Organisation.
Current government advice defines energy generation as an “essential service” under the heading of “utilities, communication and financial services”. This means that our service engineers can continue to service and maintain our customers’ turbines to ensure their safe operation as part of the UK energy network and respond to unscheduled events as needed.
In addition, the government is advising that, if an individual is unable to do their job from home (even if it isn’t an essential service) they should continue to travel to and from their workplace. We are fortunate that our “workplace” is normally a windy hill in the countryside!
Therefore, we will continue to monitor, operate and maintain our customers’ fleet over the coming weeks confident that we are both following government guidelines and emergency legislation.
If you are a turbine owner and your normal service and maintenance provider is unable to respond for any reason, please don’t hesitate to contact us for assistance on 0800 042 0251 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be glad to see if we can help at this difficult time for everyone.