Using standby diesel generators for short term reserve to support main power grids – potentially good news from National Grid
by Claverton Energy Research Group: admin Thursday, November 26th, 2009 Using standby generators for short term reserve. (emails published with permission of authors from Quigg Associates and National Grid)
I was delighted to see you last week. The topic I mentioned, using standby generators for short term reserve is one in which I am not currently involved but it does strike me as a useful technique for reducing CO2 emissions. There are a few ‘fleets’ of standby generators arranged to quote the National Grid for this service but the short term nature of the contracts offered are I think a deterrent to the potential which could be exploited. I was involved with the Wessex Water operation which was heading towards 20MW when I left. This, together with some sewage gas generation has now been changed into a separate company. Another successful operation is run by Alastair Martin@flexitricity.com
Alastair is a contributor to Claverton Energy Group. He became interested in the short term reserve potential and was one of those who wrote a paper for government which shows that there is a potential saving of 90% in the emissions to provide this service.
His paper is the first on the list at – http://www.flexitricity.com/resources/ As you might guess he trades under the Flexitricity name. However the conclusions in the paper seem sound enough.
When I was with Wessex Water the obstacles to a larger expansion of the technique were:-………………………..