An Atlantic Green BESS. Image: Atlantic Green.
An Atlantic Green BESS. Image: Atlantic Green.

The UK Battery Strategy is intended as a roadmap to establishing a competitive value chain. As such, it has been welcomed, but falls short in recognising the potential for the battery energy storage system (BESS) sector to make an important contribution to the economy and to the nation’s net zero ambitions, writes Nick Bradford, managing director of energy storage developer Atlantic Green.

The UK’s Battery Strategy, published by the government Department for Business and Trade one Sunday in late November, is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s energy future, with a vision that extends far beyond its borders.

The government’s ambition is clear: to establish a globally competitive battery supply chain that not only bolsters economic prosperity but also propels the nation toward a net zero future.

In this pursuit, the UK aspires to lead the world in sustainable battery design, manufacturing, and utilisation, all while nurturing a thriving battery innovation ecosystem. As we delve into the details of the strategy, it becomes evident that while it presents a roadmap for supporting innovation in battery technologies, it also has limitations, particularly in its minimal focus on utility scale battery energy storage systems (BESS).

This article explores the impact of the UK Battery Strategy on the broader energy landscape and delves into the critical question: How does it impact the UK BESS industry?

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