Anthony Price, OBE

Posted on Jan 10, 2021
Anthony Price, OBE

The staff at Swanbarton are proud to announce that the company’s founder and director – Anthony Price – has been appointed OBE in the New Year’s Honours List, for services to the energy storage industry.

Anthony has dedicated over twenty-five years to developing, commercialising and promoting energy storage technologies to help deliver clean, secure and affordable energy in the UK and beyond. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the US based Energy  Storage Association in 1997 and served to represent its international membership until  2003.  , Anthony founded Swanbarton Ltd as the UK’s first independent specialist energy storage consultancy in 2003  and organised the ESA’s European meetings from 2008, from which developed the not-for-profit Electricity Storage Network, the only British Industry Association dedicated exclusively to this sector. In 2010 Swanbarton ran the first International Flow Battery Forum. The conference was a huge success and has run every year since, bringing delegates from across the world, raising the profile of flow batteries as a crucial energy storage technology.

Anthony’s extensive collaboration with stakeholders across the public and private sectors was the key to the UK storage industry’s recent growth and current success. Today, energy storage plays an important part in the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy, its Industrial Strategy, and the transition to a smart energy system. He was an advocate of using batteries in large scale applications, working tirelessly to build awareness and knowledge of these from the 1990s, long before their widespread use in the energy system. Through key partnerships, he has contributed to significant milestones for the storage sector; he led Swanbarton to provide critical expertise for UK Power Networks to deliver Great Britain’s first major battery storage facility, in Leighton Buzzard. He has overseen Swanbarton patent its own innovative energy storage technologies.

Anthony regularly goes the extra mile to support policy development for the storage sector and generously shares his expertise with policy makers in Government, the regulators, industry groups and the professional institutions. He has been a regular speaker at many conferences, diligently explaining how and why energy storage is important.   Through the Electricity Storage Network he lobbied for legislative change to the regulations covering electricity storage and  presided over the development of a technical definition of electricity storage, which has been adopted by Government. Anthony has also participated in several Government missions to promote British expertise and services related to storage and smart energy overseas, for example at the UN Conference of the Parties on climate change in 2017.

Anthony has also poured time, passion and investment into developing energy storage solutions which contribute to economic development in the Global South by delivering affordable energy access in communities lacking critical infrastructure. This work has borne fruit through a series of demonstrator projects in Botswana, Rwanda and Nepal.

Anthony has served the storage sector through many voluntary positions in industry, including a  Director of the Electricity Storage Association member and chair of the Energy Panel of the Institution of Civil Engineers), peer review panel member for the US Department of Energy’s Energy Storage Programme), and peer reviewer for the European Union/European Commission’s Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development . In 2000 he was awarded the Institution of Electrical Engineers Premium for his paper on novel energy storage in the Power Engineering Journal and in 2007, he was awarded the James Watt medal by the Institution of Civil Engineers for his paper on the UK’s power industry.  In 2015, he presented the IET’s Prestige Lecture on Energy Storage in Kolkata, India.   

In other areas of his life, Anthony is equally generous. He is a dedicated supporter of local youth activities and has recently retired from his role as Group Scout Leader, having been honoured with the 30 years’ service award by the Scout Association.

We are delighted that Anthony has received this well-deserved recognition of his efforts and his achievements. Congratulations, Anthony Price, OBE.