Cutting Sark?

Cutting Sark?

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

BBC reported yesterday that the island of Sark would lose its electricity supply at the end of November, because Sark Electricity Limited (SEL) says that it can’t afford to generate power at the 52p/kWh price cap that the local regulator has imposed. The generation is diesel-powered, and shipping diesel to the island is costly. There’s […]

Swanbarton’s in hot water

Swanbarton’s in hot water

Posted on Nov 14, 2018

Swanbarton is developing technology to deliver energy network balancing services from domestic hot water systems.

Energy trading, as if people mattered

Energy trading, as if people mattered

Posted on Oct 18, 2018

Swanbarton’s radical re-imagining of electricity trading has become reality on the Hebridean island of Iona. Thirty homes are taking part in a trial led by Scene Connect and Swanbarton. Using real time consumption data gathered by Scene Connect, Swanbarton’s Real Time Trading Platform provides each home with a smart agent to negotiate electricity prices on its behalf, in real time.

Swanbarton celebrates fifteen years in energy storage

Swanbarton celebrates fifteen years in energy storage

Posted on Oct 2, 2018

Back in the summer of 2003, only a few people were interested in energy storage.  Batteries were expensive, pumped hydro took a long time to build, the business case for flywheels was hard to find and innovation in the energy sector was all about small-scale on shore and off shore wind.  Solar PV was a […]

Keeping Africa safe when the lights go out

Keeping Africa safe when the lights go out

Posted on Jan 4, 2018

Energy storage experts Swanbarton are leading a consortium to solve one of the developing world’s most distressing energy problems. Swanbarton is working with the University of Bath, the University of Botswana’s Clean Energy Research Centre and battery supplier Yuasa. The project has been awarded co-funding by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, and by the […]

The capacity market auctions, Winter 2017 / 2018: certainty or uncertainty in the storage sector?

The capacity market auctions, Winter 2017 / 2018: certainty or uncertainty in the storage sector?

Posted on Dec 6, 2017

There’s a rigid timetable for the Capacity Market Auctions in GB. Probably, the timetable is the most certain of all the variables in the auction process. Last Friday, ( 1 December 2017), the EMR delivery body published details of the projects and their status in the prequalification phase of the auction. Our interest is in […]

Time of use tariffs bring domestic storage one step closer to economic viability

Time of use tariffs bring domestic storage one step closer to economic viability

Posted on Jan 4, 2017

Thus far, domestic energy storage has been a cool thing with which to impress your mates, and lately it’s been about the cheapest way to get anything with a Tesla logo on it. But it’s been a long way from being the sort of economic no-brainer that’ll secure an enduring mass market. This week brings […]