Europe’s largest Energy Storage Test Plant in the UK
In the UK, a fully automated 6MW/10MWh Smarter Network Storage (SNS) project will assess the role of energy storage in cost effectively delivering the UK’s Carbon Plan. It will save over £6 million on traditional network reinforcement methods.
The introduction of energy storage in substations like the one at Leighton Buzzard can decrease the need and cost of traditional reinforcement, such as transformers and cabling.
- S&C recently completed the 6MW/10 MWh UK Power Network installation, the largest energy storage system in Leighton Buzzard (UK) Europe.
- By providing frequency regulation as well as load shifting, the project will stabilize the grid more effectively than traditional thermal generators, providing more space on the grid for clean, but intermittent renewable energies.
“Energy storage can play a major role in balancing the grid as it solves the problem of renewable intermittency by absorbing surplus power and releasing it when needed. This function simultaneously helps to securely balance capacity and supply and protects the grid from Stress Events (e.g. power outages) on the grid.” Andrew Jones, Managing Director, S&C Electric Europe.
The project will allow to explore and improve the economics of electrical energy storage, and assess the potential benefits to the electric system in a number of sustainable and flexible ways.
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“It’s exciting to be now starting the two-year trial and we will be testing a wide range of different services that storage can deliver to the network, and the wider electricity system.
“The project will allow us to explore and improve the economics of electrical energy storage, and assess the potential benefits to the electricity system in a number of sustainable and flexible ways. We have also been developing a first-of-a-kind platform to help us optimize and manage a wide range of different services that the storage can provide.”
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