Construction kicks off at 99MW/198MWh UK battery storage site

Sep 7, 2021 07:26 PM ET
  • Job has started at a battery storage space site admired as the largest of its kind under construction in the UK by designers Harmony Energy as well as Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV).
Construction kicks off at 99MW/198MWh UK battery storage site
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The 99MW/198MWh Clay Tye site - which lies near the M25 in Essex - uses Tesla Megapack lithium-ion battery storage space system innovation as well as Tesla's Autobidder AI software for real-time trading as well as control.

It follows FRV and also Harmony Energy lately completed their joint 34MW/68MWh Contego battery energy storage space center near Burgess Hill in West Sussex, which went gone cope with a system of 28 Tesla Megapacks and the Autobidder software.

Contego is the second joint project in the UK to make use of Tesla Megapacks, with the various other being the Holes Bay project, likewise established by FRV and Harmony Energy in 2020.

Both sites are to be connected to UK Power Networks's circulation network, supplying the capacity to keep energy as well as enhance the flexibility of the national grid.

Harmony Energy presently has around 1.2 GWh of battery projects building all set in the UK, as well as recently marketed the development civil liberties for 50MW of battery storage space to SSE, with the project expected to find to economic close as well as be fully constructed over the next 18 months.

Meanwhile, FRV-X, the innovation platform of FRV, which subsequently is possessed by Saudi Arabian market group Abdul Latif Jameel, has a pipeline of around 1GWh of battery storage projects in various phases of development around the world, including 83MWh already under operation.

"The startup of Contego plant as well as the progression in the building of the Clay Tye holds huge significance for FRV, as it brings us closer to our objective of expanding our portfolio of energy storage projects worldwide," stated David Menéndez, head of FRV-X.

Other large-scale battery storage possessions in the UK include Zenobe Energy's 100MW project in Capenhurst, Chester, which it is declaring to be Europe's biggest grid-connected battery, along with the Minety battery storage space site which is composed of 2 50MW battery systems with planning approval in place for a 3rd and also a 100MW battery storage space center in Ireland established by Lumcloon Energy as well as South Korea's Hanwha Group.