UK’s Pioneering battery storage project – may increase the renewable energy penetration

The Swedish energy company Vattenfall is working on a project that will realize one of the UK’s biggest battery storage systems that will use lithium-ion batteries made by BMW. The location the company has chosen is the site of the largest windfarm in England and Wales. The project is expected to help increase the share of renewable power provided in the UK.

Although the batteries will not store the electricity from the windfarm, they will help the National Grid handle the variance arising from the renewable power. Situating the 22MW plant in a place that allows to share its infrastructure is an enormous step towards reduction in expenses.

Solar and wind power are growing fast and today they provide 11GW and 15GW of power respectively. These numbers will only grow and that brings the need for more energy storage. For many market players and experts Energy Storage is essential for increasing renewable energy penetration.

Britain’s biggest energy company is embarking on a new project in Cornwall that will increase the share of renewable power on the system. The company will provide batteries, solar panels and smart storage heaters in up to 100 homes in an effort to bring versatility to the local network operator.

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