UK Tesla megapack
Tesla's Megapack. Image credit: Tesla

Global renewable energy company Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and British renewable energy developer Harmony Energy have announced the commissioning of their first utility-scale energy storage project at Holes Bay, Poole, Dorset in the United Kingdom. 

The project uses six 15MWh Tesla Megapack lithium-ion batteries connected to the Southern Electric Power distribution network. They will be used for renewables storage and providing the capability to store energy from renewable sources and afford peak-time flexibility to the UK National Grid as part of the UK’s continuing shift away from fossil fuels. 

The utility-scale energy storage facility operates using Tesla’s ‘Autobidder’ AI software, a real-time trading and control platform that provides value-based asset management and portfolio optimization.

Peter Kavanagh, Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Energy, said: “Utility-scale battery energy storage is critical to the future of the UK’s energy supply, often seen as the missing link in the UK’s renewable energy strategy, both in terms of controlling grid frequency and providing backup during periods of peak demand and supply.  We’re delighted to have worked closely with FRV and Tesla to complete this project, which is the first in our pipeline of battery energy storage plant to be built in the UK.”

Felipe Hernández, Managing Director – Engineering and Asset Management of FRV, commented: “Holes Bay will be the first project in a strategic energy storage pipeline [for FRV] to be launched globally. We are pleased to join together with Harmony Energy in this project that demonstrates the economic and technical feasibility of the battery energy storage system while supporting the development of UK’s strategic sustainable energy programme.”

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