NEC Energy partners to deliver energy storage deal for UK utility


In a combined statement, NEC Energy Solutions said it will be assisted by VLC Energy to develop and operate 50MW energy storage plants to help National Grid sustain the stability of its grid network during peak periods.

Development of energy storage plants

National Grid selected to have 40MW battery energy storage plant built in Glassenbury and 10MW energy storage system sited in Cleator to enable increased integration of the company’s grid system with renewable energy resources.

The partnership of the two storage companies follows the selection of NEC Energy Solutions by National Grid to construct the two energy plants and provide operation and maintenance services for ten years.

The energy storage plants will allow National Grid to control its distribution load in line with the status of its energy generation and grid demands.

The projects are expected to be completed by November 2017.

Justin Thesiger, Operations Director, at Low Carbon, said the two energy projects will help National Grid to reduce carbon emissions by improving its energy mix through increased adoption of solar and wind energy. [National Grid selects software provider for smart meter rollout].

Distribution management

Meanwhile, in the US, the National Grid recently partnered with energy efficiency firm Utilidata to improve consumers’ energy savings in Clifton Park, New York.

The utility will deploy Utilidata’s Volt/VAR Optimisation technology ‘AdaptiVolt’ to enhance energy efficiency within its grid system.

The programme falls under the New York state’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) Demand Reduction Demonstration Project, which aims to test various technologies to reduce energy demand and improve the efficiency of utilities’ grid networks.

Commenting on the development, Carlos Nouel, vice president of New Energy Solutions at National Grid, said: “The benefit of Utilidata’s AdaptiVolt technology is that we can enable savings for all customers by optimising voltage.”

Utilidata claims that its technology uses real-time grid data regarding the status of the grid network and energy demand to optimise distribution delivery voltages by reducing energy losses throughout the energy distribution process.

Josh Brumberger, chief commercial officer at Utilidata, added: “With our technology, we expect to help National Grid achieve a three percent reduction in energy demand.

“In Clifton Park, that equates to an annual savings of more than 5.99 million kilowatt hours thereby avoiding over 4,216 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.”


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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.