Offshore wind developer Orsted is planning its first grid-scale energy storage project near Liverpool, England.
The company said that the Carnegie Road battery storage project, which will be operational by the end of the year, will help the U.K.’s National Grid manage grid stability during changes between peak and low power demand.
“Acquiring the Carnegie Road plant is an important step forward as it’s our first commercial-scale battery storage project,” Matthew Wright, managing director of Orsted UK, said in a statement. “We’re investing billions of pounds in the U.K.’s energy infrastructure and this is another significant investment that puts the U.K. at the heart of the global energy transition.”
NEC Energy Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corp., will supply Orsted with a 20-MW GSS Grid Storage Solution. Details about the unit’s MWh were not provided.
“NEC Energy Solutions will serve as a partner on our Bay State Wind project in Massachusetts and will now work with us in the U.K., which is an exciting step as we develop our energy storage solutions in the U.S.,” Thomas Brostrom, President of Orsted North America, said.