Big moves announced in UK battery storage

Two new projects are set to get under way in the UK, aimed at progressing development of battery storage.

àƒËœrsted, formerly DONG Energy, has confirmed its entry into the UK battery storage market with a new 20 MW project near Liverpool.

The 20MW Carnegie Road battery will be developed by àƒËœrsted as its first venture into large-scale storage and is expected to be operational by the end of 2018.
NEC Energy Solutions has been selected as the supplier of the battery system.

The company has said it will be used to provide services to National Grid “to help manage stability during changes between peak and low power demand”.

Matthew Wright, managing director of àƒËœrsted UK, said that the project was part of the company’s plans to be at the forefront of the “exciting shift towards a decarbonised energy system”.

“Acquiring the Carnegie Road plant is an important step forward as it’s our first commercial-scale battery storage project. We’re investing billions of pounds in the UK’s energy infrastructure and this is another significant investment that puts the UK at the heart of the global energy transition,” he said.

Meanwhile, further south, in Tilbury, Essex, RWE is planning to build a 100MW battery.

The company is planning the battery as part of plans to convert the former coal-fired plant to a 2.5GW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station. An Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) / Peaking Plant generating up to 299MW will also be planned alongside the energy storage facility.

The Tilbury B Power Station site will become the Tilbury Energy Centre under the plans.

Energy Storage News reports that currently, the largest battery projects in the UK stand at 50 MW with Statera’s Pelham Storage project, thought to have been completed in December, and EDF’s West Burton battery which is due to begin delivering Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) to National Grid this summer.

This is closely followed by Centrica’s 49MW Roosecote battery, which has yet to be confirmed as completed but saw construction begin over a year ago. Drax also announced plans to build a 200 MW battery storage project in North Yorkshire.

Finally Drax confirmed last year that it was planning to add a 200MW battery storage project to its coal-fired power station in North Yorkshire.


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