50 MW energy storage commissioned to UK grid


NEC Energy Solutions has completed the commissioning of a total of 50 MW of energy storage projects in the UK with renewable energy investment firm VLC Energy and energy generator VPI Immingham.

The 50MW energy storage portfolio includes a 40MW facility in Glassenbury and a 10MW energy storage plant in Cleator (Cumbria).

The Cleator and Glassenbury energy storage plants have in 2016 been selected by the National Grid to provide enhanced frequency response services for the utility to meet peak demands.

The 50MW is the largest portfolio of utility-scale battery energy storage systems connected to the UK grid, according to a statement.

Justin Thesiger, Operations Director at Low Carbon, said: “The two new battery parks at Glassenbury and Cleator will ensure stability within the local grid and that the electricity demands of residents can be consistently met, including at times of high demand.”

UK’s 12 GW energy storage future

The news follows All-Party Parliamentary Group on Energy Storage publishing a report highlighting the possibility of the UK’s battery energy storage portfolio reaching 12GW by 2021.

The report Batteries, Exports, and Energy Security states that the deployment of 12GW by 2021 can support post-Brexit growth.

The report found that the government and industry had underestimated solar PV deployment.

Said Peter Aldous MP (Con), Chair of the APPG on Energy Storage: “12 GW of battery storage would improve the UK’s energy security, would help us maximise our energy self-sufficiency, and empower consumers across the country as they are more able to manage their bills and take personal action to reduce carbon emissions. Such a significant amount of battery storage deployment would also support the Government’s ambitions to develop the UK into a battery manufacturing powerhouse, … create new jobs and exportable expertise post-Brexit”.