'Landmark' 100MW UK battery project can see 50MW expansion

Mar 23, 2020 04:30 PM ET
  • A 100MW UK power storage space website being established in England by Penso Power looks readied to obtain a 50MW development.
'Landmark' 100MW UK battery project can see 50MW expansion
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The preliminary 100MW, introduced in February 2020, includes 2 50MW ternary lithium batteries as well as lies in Wiltshire, in south-west England.

Penso Power has actually currently protected land civil liberties, intending authorization as well as a grid link deal to expand the website by an additional 50MW.

Job began onsite in December 2019, with the initial 100MW of the project readied to go into procedure in fall 2020. The added ability is to be improved nearby land and also will certainly go into procedure in 2021.

Covering Energy Europe authorized a multi-year power offtake bargain for the very first 100MW, with the Shell-owned power technology company Limejump to optimize the batteries, although Penso is presently in conversations with possible offtakers for the extra 50MW.

The offtake framework de-risks the returns for facilities capitalists, Penso claimed, whilst likewise accessing fluid and also deep markets to allow the release of battery storage space at a "large range".

The preliminary 100MW saw financial investment from China Huaneng Group as well as Chinese government-backed fund CNIC, with G2 Energy designated concept developer and also concept specialist. Sungrow is the integrator supplying the battery storage space systems utilizing Samsung and also CATL batteries.

Eclipse Power Networks is the iDNO, with the website to link to the circulation network through the SSE/National Grid Minety substation.

Richard Thwaites, CEO of Penso Power, explained Minety as a "spots project" as a result of its dimension, "overshadowing various other battery growths in range as well as aspiration".

"Our concentrate on huge projects indicates that we accomplish range advantages on both purchase as well as implementation prices, while the offtake framework assists us give premium risk-adjusted go back to our capitalists," Thwaites included.