Royal Dutch Shell has thrown its weight behind a Chinese-backed energy storage venture building what is claimed to be Europe’s largest battery in Wiltshire. The Anglo-Dutch energy group will use a 100-megawatt battery near the village of Minety to provide back-up electricity to the National Grid when supplies of wind and solar power dip. The battery can be charged when electricity is cheap and then discharged at peak times when prices are high. The project has been bankrolled by CNIC, the Chinese investment fund, and China Huaneng Group, a state utility company that is also constructing the battery. The tie-up coincides with growing scrutiny of the involvement of Chinese companies in critical infrastructure projects, such as the Hinkley Point nuclear plant. The government was lambasted by Washington this month for allowing equipment made by Huawei to be used in parts of Britain’s new high-speed 5G mobile phone network.
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