UK Power Reserve starts phase 1 of 120MW energy storage initiative


UK Power Reserve has partnered with energy storage technology company Fluence to deliver 60MW of battery storage capacity for the UK grid.

UK Power Reserve was launched in 2010 with the aim of delivering energy balancing services to the grid. The firm supports the development of renewable energy generation.

Fluence will supply three 20MW Advancion battery energy storage systems in the Midlands and North West. The three energy storage sites will be operational during the winter 2018/19 and will be operated and maintained by Fluence.

The deal follows UK Power Reserve securing a contract to provide 120MW of flexible capacity in the 2016 Capacity Market auction over a period of 15 years.

The partnership between Fluence and UK Power Reserve is claimed to be the single largest energy storage portfolio transaction with one technology provider announced in the UK to date.

Sam Wither, Head of UK Power Reserve, said: “Now we’re moving into battery storage and we’re really excited to work with Fluence. Battery storage will play an important part enabling the smart, flexible energy system of the future and UK Power Reserve is already front and centre as we bring our commitments online quickly and efficiently. Together with our rapid response gas assets, we continue to demonstrate that we can deliver secure, low carbon electricity, value to the consumer and commercial success without compromise.”

“Fluence’s battery storage technology solves today’s energy challenges by adding fast, flexible capacity to networks in transition,” said Paul McCusker, managing director, UK and Ireland, Middle East and Africa for Fluence. “Working together with our partners we make cleaner, more efficient and more resilient energy networks a reality. We’re honoured to join forces and expertise with UK Power Reserve as they deliver these benefits at scale for UK consumers.”