University of Birmingham experts are working with partners in Mexico to find a way of meeting the country’s ambitious clean energy targets.

Mexico’s energy system is in a state of transition and with an ambitious target to generate 50% of its electricity from ‘clean’ sources by 2050, the need for sustainable energy storage solutions will only increase.

The University’s Energy Systems and Policy Analysis Group (ESPAG) is working with the Instituto de Electricidad y Energías Límpias (INEEL) on a Newton Institutional Links project that will investigate ways that energy is used in different communities across Mexico.

Funded by the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy the ‘Energy storage prioritisation in Mexico‘ project will assess the potential impact that using energy storage technologies could have on issues of health, social and economic development.

Using multi-criteria decision analysis (MCDA), the researchers will create a list of energy storage options for the selected case study area. By producing two documents – one covering technical aspects and the other policy and regulatory recommendations, it is hoped that this process can be repeated in other areas in the future.

During the project kick-off meeting, Dr Jonathan Radcliffe from the University of  Birmingham delivered an overview of policy and innovation in energy storage from a UK perspective whilst David Castrejón Botello, Thermal Engineering Project Manager at INEEL gave an informative overview of the Mexican energy system.

José María Malo Tamayo from INEEL went on to note that the capacity for more renewable energy in Mexico is very high, with initial estimates of 16GW of solar energy potential and 19GW of wind potential that could be integrated into the energy system.

Going forward, INEEL will focus on reviewing the potential areas for a case study. The team at the University of Birmingham will identify a multi-disciplinary group of organisations that have an interest in this area of research.

The next project meeting is expected to take place in Mexico this summer.

Presentations from the project kick-start meeting are available here:

David Castrejón Botello – Mexico’s energy system

José María Malo Tamayo – Energy storage in Mexico: storage challenges and opportunities

Dr Jonathan Radcliffe – Energy storage: technology and policy innovation

For further information

Karen Dehal, University of Birmingham, tel 0121 414 7031, email: k.dehal@bham.ac.uk

(Article by: www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/energy/news/2018/assessing-impact-energy-storage-technologies-mexico.aspx)