Energy storage firm Anesco targets 380 MW boom

UK utility scale energy storage company Anesco says it is on track to more than quadruple its operational battery portfolio by 2020, as demand for its services has seen its order book grow to 380 MW.

The renewables developer currently claims to command a 22 per cent share of all operational utility scale storage units in the UK and 47 per cent of the non-enhanced frequency response capacity.Anesco solar power with battery energy stoarge

This figure is set to increase as Anesco gears up to add 380 MW more capacity over the next three years, with several projects currently under construction, including a 50 MW installation in England due for completion later this year.

Anesco executive chairman Steve Shine said: “We have long recognised the potential and importance of battery storage for the UK’s energy mix and have invested heavily in making sure it is a commercially viable option for investors and commercial organisations alike.

“Having the ability to show how the figures stack up is crucial and has been a key differentiator for us. As the largest and most established provider in the country, we are in a unique position to analyse data from all our existing battery sites which we’ve combined with a comprehensive data set.

“This has enabled us to create the most accurate modelling tool available, meaning we can predict whole life cost, IRR and long term revenue streams – the numbers that really count. Our batteries are performing above specification and are delivering a strong economic return for our customers”.

Anesco now has 29 operational sites, comprising 76 individual battery units, providing a combined capacity of 87 MW.

Shine added: “Since introducing the country’s first utility scale unit, we’ve not only focused on making the technology a commercially-viable proposition, but have invested in research and development which looks towards the evolution of the sector.”

The company opened the UK’s first subsidy-free solar farm in September 2017 and its solar farm portfolio now exceeds 101 sites, while its O&M service, AnescoMeter, is monitoring over 21,500 sites.

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