Ambitious UK project could be the world’s biggest battery storage site

A UK power company intends to continue transforming its 2,500 acre coal-fired plant by introducing a 200MW battery storage system in addition to the changes it has already made by switching three units from coal to biomass.

If approved, the remaining units would be replaced with 3.6GW of new gas generation capacity and the battery storage system. According to Andy Koss, Drax Power CEO, the upgrade would not only increase the plant’s flexible and responsive power capability, but it would also enable the plant to keep providing essential grid services at low costs for consumers. This upgrade is also in tune with the government’s intention to remove coal from the UK grid by 2025. If completed, Drax’s battery storage facility would be the largest in the world, surpassing Tesla and Neoen’s current 129 MW lithium-ion battery project in Australia.

Recently Anesco, UK’s leading renewable energy company, has been granted approval by the power regulator Ofgem to claim ROCs (Renewables Obligation Certificates) for three of its solar and battery storage farms. This decision will enormously influence the UK’s energy storage market.

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