NEC Energy Solutions to supply 20MW BESS for National Grid use

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NEC Energy Solutions is developing a large-scale energy storage system to help sustain grid reliability during peak periods in the UK.

NEC Energy Solutions is supplying renewable energy firm Orsted with a 20MW grid storage solution.

The construction of  the energy storage plant will begin in May. The system will be operational by the end of 2018 to provide services to utility company National Grid.

Matthew Wright, managing director of Orsted UK, said: “The future energy system will be completely transformed from what it is today, with a smarter, more flexible grid, balancing supply and demand with new technology and cleaner energy generation. We want to continue to be at the forefront of this exciting shift towards a decarbonised energy system.

“Acquiring the Carnegie Road plant is an important step forward as it’s our first commercial-scale battery storage project. We’re investing billions of pounds in the UK’s energy infrastructure and this is another significant investment that puts the UK at the heart of the global energy transition.”

The project was initially developed by distributed renewables company Shaw Energi

Thomas Brostrom, President of Orsted North America. “NEC Energy Solutions will serve as a partner on our Bay State Wind project in Massachusetts and will now work with us in the UK, which is an exciting step as we develop our energy storage solutions in the US.”

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.