UK £1m industrial-scale battery storage project set for 2018
Posted on: 13/01/2016

Solar developer British Solar Renewables and electricity supplier Western Power Distribution have announced plans to construct a solar farm on an industrial-scale as part of a new £1m project to investigate the potential for large-scale battery storage technology in the UK.

The project will explore the feasibility of connecting clean power generation with battery storage and the electricity grid to solve intermittency problems from renewable power and will be used as a test site to develop a framework for commercial agreements that could be used by investors and developers for future battery storages.

Western Power Distribution innovation and low carbon networks engineer Jenny Woodruff said: “Finding an economical way to store renewable energy will provide security of energy supply from renewable sources.

“It will ensure renewables aren’t wasted, as in this case it will allow solar energy to be stored and accessed when required.”

The planned 1.5MW farm will be one of the first in the country, located at Copley Farm in Somerset, and will be run by Hertfordshire-based firm British Solar Renewables. Steve Edwards, technical and strategy director at the firm, added:

“Combining renewable energy and energy storage creates a compelling proposition of affordable, predictable, low-carbon energy, and we will be using the learning from this project to further develop our commercial offering.”

The £1m battery-storage facility, which has been funded by Ofgem, is scheduled for completion in 2018.

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