The UK’s largest portfolio of utility-scale enhanced frequency response battery storage sites has been completed. The news was today (8 January) confirmed by VLC Energy, a joint venture between renewable investors Low Carbon and combined heat and power (CHP) plant VPI Immingham. The 50MW portfolio spans two sites including a 40MW battery park in Glassenbury, Kent and a 10MW battery park in Cleator, Cumbria. The two sites, which use lithium-ion battery models, will provide sub-second responses to surges in energy supply and demand, providing grid flexibility and storage. Energy storage provides grid stability during electricity outages and reduces the need to import electricity via interconnectors. For businesses, meanwhile, the technology helps to maintain reliable supply, reduce wastage and save money. Energy managers from top companies such as British retailer M&S and property developer Landsec have revealed they are exploring the potential of battery storage technologies on their estates to boost energy resilience. Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) predicts that the energy storage market will double six times by 2030.
Edie 8th Jan 2018 read more »