Sheffield 'mega battery' launched this week

Reports that an industrial-scale battery site in Sheffield is due to open this week, helping create 'storage for electricity from wind farms, nuclear reactors and gas power stations', feature in today's newspaper round-up.

The Guardian reports that E.ON "said the facility, which is next to an existing power plant and has the equivalent capacity of half a million phone batteries, marked a milestone in its efforts to develop storage for electricity from wind farms, nuclear reactors and gas power stations". The newspaper says that, at 10MW, "the Blackburn Meadows battery is one of the biggest in Britain so far, but will soon be eclipsed by much larger plants".

The Financial Times (subscription required) says that senior government officials have said that "Britain’s energy security and carbon-reduction goals would have been put at risk if UK prime minister Theresa May had halted the £20 billion Hinkley Point nuclear power project". The newspaper says that "senior civil servants involved in the 2013 deal with EDF, the French state-owned energy group, to build Britain’s first new nuclear plant since the 1990s said on Monday that they still believed the project represented good value for money, despite mounting criticisms over its high cost to consumers".

London’s Evening Standard reports that a church leader has claimed that "plans for a cycle superhighway in west London would cause more damage to a parish community than Hitler’s Second World War bombs". The newspaper says that "father Michael Dunne, of a church in Chiswick, has urged his congregation to pray that plans for a two-lane cycle path are scrapped after suggesting it would disrupt funeral processions".

The Evening Standard also reveals a new computer-generated image showing "how London’s skyline would have looked if proposed skyscrapers had not been rejected by city planners". The newspaper says that the image "features eight buildings which were planned for central London but never constructed including a skyscraper that was hoped to be the city’s answer to Paris’s Eiffel Tower."


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