Wind Of Change Blows In Norfolk

A pioneering energy project based in Norfolk is set to improve the UK’s use of wind power in future.

UK Power Networks has constructed an innovative battery technology termed a  “dynamic electrical energy storage device” at a site north of Hemsby. The high-tech plant is designed to harness power from local wind turbines and store it in special batteries so that it can be used in the electricity distribution network when it’s needed – not just when the wind blows.

It is the first example of an energy storage system based on lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in the UK and is among the first in Western Europe. It uses technology developed by engineering company ABB to convert energy into a form where it can be stored.

The device is also good news for the environment. If the UK can maximise the use of green energy such as wind power, it could allow more renewable energy sources to be connected into the network and ultimately lessen the need for coal-fired power stations, thereby reducing carbon emissions. While many documents have been written about the theoretical benefits of energy storage, the Hemsby installation enables the demonstration of how in practice, these benefits can be realised when applied to a real network.

If the device proves successful, the design could be replicated in future, across many coastal parts of the UK where wind farms connect to the electricity network.

Mr Basil Scarsella, CEO of UK Power Networks will be sharing his insights regarding “Learning How To Improve The Performance Of A European Electricity Distribution Company” at our 5th Forum in Rome.

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