- The business secretary Greg Clark is expected to announce the plans this week
- The batteries will help wind and solar panel farms supply during high demand
- Government announced £246million fund for greener energy solutions in April
Speaking to the Sunday Times, he said: ‘We get 14 per cent of our electricity from intermittent sources [such as wind and solar] . . . but this intermittency does add costs.’
Chris Hewett of the Solar Trade Association told the newspaper: ‘Installing batteries alongside solar power would reduce overall costs to the electricity system and allow the country to have cheap solar at the heart of its power system.’
This comes after Mr Clark pledged a £1 billion investment called the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund in April.
The cash will be poured into cutting-edge technologies over the next four years into a variety of sectors including healthcare and medicine, clean and flexible energy, robotics and artificial intelligence.
A total of £246 million was pledged towards greener energy solutions, including batteries for ‘clean and flexible energy storage’.