Could ‘On Farm’ energy storage technology prove a viable investment for your rural business?
Energy storage technology is developing rapidly and costs are falling.
Energy storage solutions now offer farmers and rural businesses the ability to protect their operations from fluctuating energy costs. For many businesses, energy bills are a significant expense and taking steps to better manage your energy use, as well as reducing carbon emissions, can directly impact your financial outlay, competitiveness, reputation and green credentials.
Energy storage comes in many forms; however, battery technology is the fastest growing commercial opportunity currently available to farmers. Lithium-ion is the most common solution and work by capturing and storing energy generated from renewable technologies. They can also work independently of a renewable energy source, by storing cheaper energy from the grid, which can then be released when it is needed or when energy costs are high. In some cases batteries can support the National Grid and additional revenue can be generated.
Batteries can also be configured to act as an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) to provide power in times of power outages. This can provide emergency power to a load when the input power source or mains power fails, protecting valuable commercial processes or data.
Energy storage technology equipment ranges in size from small domestic units the size of a kitchen cupboard, to multiple stacked units that fit in a barn or garage, and up to large shipping containers that can be offloaded straight into a farmyard.
However, it is not always straight-forward to assess whether energy storage will work for your business either from a technical or financial point of view. Therefore, Farm Energy NI have purchased software for dedicated onsite assessment of renewables and storage of energy.
Farm Energy NI can look at your current energy usage, both generation and consumption, and then design an energy storage strategy that will indicate overall financial viability and system sizing. Once agreed, the system will then be supplied and installed by our sister company Realise Energy Services with its own inhouse specialist energy engineers.
COVID-19 – FARM ENERGY NI CONTINGENCY MEASURES IN PLACE TO ENSURE CONTINUAL OPERATION OF OUR CUSTOMER SERVICES
Farm Energy NI is taking the spread of Coronavirus extremely seriously. Our number one priority remains the safety and well being of our employees and customers.
Our staff team is working from home but they are otherwise available as normal. The FENI office is closed but calls to it will be redirected and answered. Face-to-face meetings and networks events have been suspended and we are carrying out our correspondence through calls, emails and online conversations.
We are staying well informed of the developing situation and are following the advice and recommendations from the Government, relevant Public Health bodies and the World Health Organisation.
Current government advice defines energy generation as an “essential service” under the heading of “utilities, communication and financial services”. This means that NIE Networks, OFGEM & the Power Companies will continue to operate to the best of their abilities to ensure all power and export transactions are not interrupted.
If your generating site is being managed by our associates, Realise Energy Services, their engineers are continuing to service and maintain customers’ turbines to ensure their safe operation as part of the UK energy network and respond to unscheduled events as needed.
We will continue to monitor the situation and to be guided by advice from the appropriate authorities. We will also be doing our best to stay in touch with our members. If you have any questions, concerns or just like a chat we are here for you at this difficult time. Keep safe and keep well.
Farm Energy NI