DSR firm KiWi Power wins renewables battery storage deal

UK energy management services KiWi Power has won a National Grid contract to build a behind-the-meter battery.

KiWi described the project as “pioneering” and added that it will be the first of its kind in the UK.
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The lithium-ion 4MW battery has been developed and financed by KiWi Power and will be located at Cenin Renewables, a 20-acre renewable energies site at Parc Stormy in Bridgend, South Wales.Cenin Renewables, where KiWi Power has won a battery storage deal

It will sit within Cenin’s cluster of integrated clean technologies which includes a low carbon cement facility, 3000 PV solar panels, an anaerobic digestion plant and a wind turbine.
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The battery should be up and running by March 2018 and KiWi said it will mark “a significant milestone in the application of smart battery technology in the UK”.
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Smart battery technology aims to improve the efficiency of the supply and consumption of electricity particularly during times of peak demand. KiWi Power already managesà‚ Northern Power grid’s 2.5 MW battery facility at Rise Carr substation, Darlington, as well as UKPN’s 6 MW Leighton Buzzard battery.
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KiWi has established a significant presence in the UK as a leading demand side response (DSR) aggregator, with over 300 MW of assets under management.
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Martyn Popham, director of Cenin, said: “We are pleased KiWi chose to invest at our Parc Stormy site in Bridgend, which is another important step in our goal to demonstrate that by integrating renewable generation on one site you can deliver a reliable sustainable power source whilst providing much needed local economic development.”

KiWi Power chief executive Yoav Zingher added that the deal with Cenin “is a major first not just for us at KiWi but for the UK energy sector as a whole. We are able to offer similar fully-financed batteries so companies can optimise their energy usage, go green and earn money.”
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He said the UK “is slowly waking up to the potential of flexibility and battery energy storage’s role in that. By applying DSR techniques widely used elsewhere in the world, the UK could save nearly 10 GW of demand ” roughly equivalent to three Hinkley Point C nuclear power station.”

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