A discussion of the latest strategies to address energy storage challenges
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The need for substantial Energy Storage capacity to meet the UK’s ambitious energy commitments for 2020, is very well known. However, the progress towards what needs to be done is extremely slow. Furthermore, practically all of the energy storage currently being installed is relatively small-scale and is limited to storage for the electricity network. Since electricity supplies only about one quarter of the UK’s total energy demand, whereas heat energy demand amounts to more than one half of the total, the mismatch is obvious; yet very little is being done in the heat storage sector.
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Ian Arbon: Energy, Environment & Sustainability Group, Institution of Mechanical Engineers
Ian Arbon is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer, a Registered European Engineer and a Chartered Environmentalist, with an MSc in ‘Renewable Energy and the Environment’ and an MBA. Formerly MD of gas compressor suppliers: Howden Compressors Ltd, Caledonian Compressors Ltd and Peter Brotherhood Ltd, he now runs Engineered Solutions, a Sustainable Engineering consultancy, as well as being non-executive Chairman of Vert Rotors UK Ltd. Ian is a Fellow of IMechE; having chaired its Energy, Environment & Sustainability Group and its Renewable Power Committee, he is now spearheading the Institution’s work in Energy Storage (and Lead Author of its 2014 Report). He is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the Energy Institute, the Institute of Refrigeration and the Institute of Engineers & Shipbuilders in Scotland; he has been a Visiting Professor in Alternative Energy at Newcastle University and Module Leader for ‘Energy Policies, Politics and Ethics’ on its REFLEX and REEM MSc courses since 2006; he has been an Honorary Professor in Sustainable Energy at the University of Glasgow since 2010 and also teaches on its Renewable Energy MSc courses, including sessions on gas compressors and expanders. Ian is also the author of two textbooks on gas compression technology.
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