UK Power Reserve kickstarts 2nd phase of energy storage development


Flexible energy provider UK Power Reserve has expanded its energy storage partnership with Fluence.

The utility has awarded Fluence with a contract to implement the second phase of its battery-based energy storage portfolio.

This follows UK Power Reserve securing a portfolio of ultra-fast energy storage projects in the 2016 Capacity Market auction.

The energy storage capacity to be built totals 120MW, Europe’s largest battery-based projects.

The new contract is for the development of 60MW of energy storage capacity.

The energy storage systems will provide flexibility services to the UK grid as the country intensify efforts to generate the majority of its electricity from renewables.

The sites are required to be online by winter 2020, but the entire portfolio will be delivered by end of summer 2019 – well ahead of schedule.

Sam Wither, head of UKPR, said, “By splitting our portfolio into two 60MW sets of projects, we’ve had the opportunity to fully assess the market and took a nimble approach to keep up with this rapidly evolving space. Fluence and its Advancion technology again proved their worth throughout this highly competitive process.

“The first 60MW of projects across England are on schedule and will be ready to deliver flexibility services to the UK grid by the end of this winter.”

To date, UK Power Reserve is delivering 160MW of rapid-response, flexible gas assets, which were won in the 2015 Capacity Market and will be online by the end of winter 2019.

Sembcorp Industries, Singapore-headquartered utilities, marine and urban development group with a global presence, recently acquired UK Power Reserve and plans to expand its integrated energy operation in the UK.