Battery life: the race to find a storage solution for a green energy future

FINANCIAL TIMES 🔒 | From a windswept sea wall on England’s north Kent coast, Marie King points to miles of empty marshy farmland where there will soon be thousands of solar panels and one of the country’s largest battery installations.


A mile from the village of Graveney’s Norman church, hundreds of shipping containers full of battery cells will help deliver power to the UK grid. It will provide a service essential to managing the increasing use of wind and solar power, the supply of which fluctuates with the weather, and delivering on politicians’ promises of a greener future.


“It’s the scale of this project that worries me,” says Ms King, a retiree who used to work in financial services in London. “We’re not against renewable energy — we just think it needs to be in the right place.”


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