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£3 million boost for energy storage innovation

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A British enterprise has been awarded a contract worth £3million to spur on innovation in energy storage, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced today.

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A British enterprise has been awarded a contract worth £3million to spur on innovation in energy storage, Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker announced today.

The contract has been awarded to EValu8 Transport Innovations Ltd, on behalf of the EVEREST Consortium, as part of the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s innovation competition to support energy storage technology.

EVEREST will use the funds to develop a new storage system, partly made out of recycled batteries from electric vehicles, that will store renewable energy generated at times of low demand for use at times of peak demand.

Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker said:

“The ability to store energy for use at peak demand will become increasingly important in the move towards a low carbon economy.

“This investment will give EVEREST the boost it needs to develop energy storage designs, helping cut costs and bringing new technologies to market in this sector”.

Keith Bevis, Managing Director of EValu8 Transport Innovations said:

“Low carbon and renewable energy technology is essential for the economic growth of the country.

“We are delighted to be working with this excellent consortium that brings innovation to support the expansion of Plug-In-Vehicle infrastructure and rapid charging. We see real potential for this energy storage solution to extend into a variety of other markets.”

Notes for editors:

  1. DECC supports innovation in low carbon technologies to help meet the Department’s goal of delivering secure energy on the way to a low carbon energy future.

  2. The EVEREST (Electric Vehicle Embedded Renewable Energy Storage and Transmission) Consortium will demonstrate its project at the Lotus Engineering test centre in Hethel, Norfolk. The EVEREST consortium members include: Evalu8 Transport Innovations Ltd (lead contractor); Future Transport Systems Ltd; Lotus Engineering Ltd; Goodwolfe Energy Ltd; APT Technologies Ltd; and Circontrol. For more information about the project, contact Hannah Broady h.broady@herts.ac.uk.

  3. Further details on DECC’s low carbon innovation programme

  4. EVEREST has been awarded contracts under the second phase of a £17m energy storage technology demonstration SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) competition launched in October 2012, to test designs of energy storage on the ground and to support cost reduction in storage technologies.

Published 9 December 2013