Co-location, co-location, co-location

As the UK transitions to net zero, the energy generation mix will become increasingly dominated by intermittent renewable generators, thus promoting a need for greater flexibility within the energy system. Setting up a new site, especially for storage assets, is currently a long and often costly process. Co-location is where multiple renewable generation or storage assets share a grid connection and by co-locating a new asset with a pre-existing one, the set-up process can be made both cheaper and faster. Whilst this report focuses primarily on the co-location of multiple generation or storage assets, the co-location of generation with demand is also discussed in the context of electric vehicle charging infrastructure and low-carbon hydrogen production.

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