Thought Leadership in the Electricity System

 

A range of consultations and insights into the Electricity Market

by Mark Howitt

Storelectric

About the Author

Mark Howitt is Chief Technical Officer, a founding director of Storelectric. He leads Storelectric’s technical and operations, minimising technological risk, maximising efficiency and environmental friendliness, and speed to market. He focuses on technologically simple solutions using proven technologies wherever possible.

His degree was in Physics with Electronics. He has 12 years’ management and innovation consultancy experience world-wide. In a rail multinational, Mark developed 3 profitable and successful businesses: in commercialising a non-destructive technology he had innovated, in logistics and in equipment overhaul. In electronics manufacturing, he developed and introduced to the markets 5 product ranges and helped 2 businesses grow strategically.

Mark’s Blog

Personal blog of Mark Howitt, founding director and CTO of Storelectric Ltd and recognised international expert in the energy transition

Analysis of National Grid Future Energy Scenarios 2021

Analysis of National Grid Future Energy Scenarios 2021

Summary of Findings The National Grid Future Energy Scenarios 2021 (NG’s FES 2021) is a small step forward on their 2020 document. It contains broader, for example considering aviation, shipping and railways (albeit only in terms of emissions, not energy consumption)....

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Where Grid Regulation Went Wrong

Where Grid Regulation Went Wrong

The Smart Systems and Flexibility Plan is the UK government's and Ofgem's proposal to achieve Net Zero emissions in the energy system. Most of the other current BEIS consultations are detailed looks into elements of this plan. Our response is long and detailed,...

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Offshore Energy Networks

Offshore Energy Networks

Offshore Energy Networks The subject here is how to regulate OFTOs (cables owned by Offshore Transmission Owners) so that (for example) they can be linked together into offshore grids and/or interconnectors, or how other farms/plants can be connected to existing...

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Fads and Fallacies of the Energy Transition

Fads and Fallacies of the Energy Transition

Throughout the energy transition, technology after technology has been lauded as "the big thing" of the energy transition, "the solution" to the challenges involved – in effect, a magic wand. The energy transition cannot be achieved by an over-emphasis on some...

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Comparing Energy Storage, Like with Like

Comparing Energy Storage, Like with Like

One of the biggest challenges facing those who wish to invest in, or otherwise work with, energy storage is how to compare the costs and performance of different technologies. Many (e.g. batteries) carefully select their data points to flatter both their capabilities...

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Incentivising the Energy Transition

Incentivising the Energy Transition

Current Situation Currently the energy transition is incentivised by an uncoordinated mish-mash of levies, charges, bans and regulations. Examples include: The European Trading System, topped up by the in some countries by a levy, of the order of €30-40/tonne of...

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Batteries – Expensive and Inadequate Solutions

Batteries – Expensive and Inadequate Solutions

Batteries – Expensive and Inadequate Solutions Enabling an Affordable, Reliable and Resilient Energy Transition Grid connected batteries are being used for many grid services that would be much better and more cheaply delivered by large-scale long-duration storage,...

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