Statera Energy, the flexible energy company, announced recently that it has signed a framework agreement with MAN Energy Solutions, the power and marine sector original equipment manufacturer and energy solution provider, for the supply of a new class of highly efficient natural gas reciprocating engine.
The UK’s commitment to reach net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 means that weather-dependent, intermittent, renewable sources of energy such as wind and solar will need to be deployed at scale over the coming years. As a result, balancing the supply and demand of electricity will become increasingly challenging as back-up forms of generation alongside energy storage will need to respond rapidly to fluctuations or shortfalls in the output of renewable sources of power. Aurora Energy Research predicts that by 2050, 50TWh of back-up power will be needed to support renewables which will represent around 9% of the energy mix.
Statera’s new plants mark an innovative step change in the way natural gas can be used to meet the urgent nature of an energy deficit or peak demand on the UK electricity network.