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UK Power Reserve and Fluence combine to deliver initial energy storage

UK Power Reserve has partnered with Fluence, a global provider of energy storage technology and services, to deliver the first phase of its 120 MW battery storage portfolio.

This partnership represents the single largest energy storage portfolio transaction with one technology provider announced in the UK to date.

UK Power Reserve is starting construction on the first 60 MW of its battery portfolio ” a total of 120 MW were secured in the 2016 Capacity Market auction ” which will provide lexibility and security for UK power markets by delivering much-needed stability to the grid.

Fluence will provide three 20 MW battery energy storage systems at sites in the Midlands and North West using its market-leading Advancion energy storage technology platform. All three sites are expected to be operational during winter 2018/19.

UK Power Reserve’s total contracted portfolio recently broke through the gigawatt ceiling, one of the largest of its kind globally: a combination of small-scale, nimble gas-fired power plants and battery storage facilities located near centres of demand. These flexible, low-carbon assets are crucial to support the growth of renewables, providing vital back-up power at the best value to consumers.

The company was recently acquired by Sembcorp Industries, a leading utilities, marine and urban development group with a global presence. In the UK, Sembcorp’s integrated energy business brings together centralised power, steam and water supply as well as industrial site services at the Wilton International site on Teesside, with UK Power Reserve’s multiple flexible assets across the country. Collectively, the business’ expertise extends across the full spectrum of the UK’s energy markets.

Sam Wither, Head of UK Power Reserve, said: Now we’re moving into battery storage and we’re really excited to work with Fluence. Battery storage will play an important part enabling the smart, flexible energy system of the future and UK Power Reserve is already front and centre as we bring our commitments online quickly and efficiently. Together with our rapid response gas assets, we continue to demonstrate that we can deliver secure, low carbon electricity, value to the consumer and commercial success without compromise.”

The projects will support system reliability throughout the 15-year duration of the Capacity Market contracts. Advancion is also designed to adapt with changes in the market, providing UK Power Reserve with ultra-fast response flexible assets that will enable the company to offer additional services as the needs of the grid or market conditions change.

Fluence, a Siemens and AES company, is the most experienced energy storage technology and services provider in the world. It has more than a decade of experience in deploying turnkey storage solutions across the globe, including the largest lithium-ion battery-based energy storage system in North America and the first grid-scale energy storage system
on the island of Ireland.

“Fluence’s battery storage technology solves today’s energy challenges by adding fast, flexible capacity to networks in transition,” said Paul McCusker, Managing Director, UK & Ireland, Middle East & Africa for Fluence. “Working together with our partners we make cleaner, more efficient and more resilient energy networks a reality. We’re honoured to join forces and expertise with UK Power Reserve as they deliver these benefits at scale for UK consumers.”