RES to Build UK Energy Storage Demo Project

Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has signed its first U.K. contract to build and support a lithium-ion battery energy storage system for a 300 kVA/640 kWh demonstrate project for several different applications of energy storage on the grid.

The company said the project will be installed alongside a 1.5 MW solar park at Copley Wood near Butleigh, Somerset.

“This project marks an important milestone for RES, as we are bringing the energy storage expertise we’ve developed in North America to the U.K. for the very first time,” Gordon MacDougall, managing director, Western Europe, RES, said in a Jan. 12 statement. “Our experience of delivering almost 80 MW of energy storage globally has given us the ability to provide proven and reliable energy storage solutions, and we are confident that this project will open the door for other opportunities in the U.K.”

The European Association for Storage of Energy database lists six non-pumped-hydro energy storage projects currently operating in the U.K., representing just under 20 MW of rated capacity.

According to RES, the demonstration project is part of an initiative being run by Western Power Distribution (WPD), the electricity distributor for the Midlands, the South West and South Wales, to investigate the technical and commercial feasibility of battery energy storage combined within distributed generation installations in the U.K.

Jenny Woodruff, innovation and low carbon networks engineer for WPD said: “Finding an economical way to store renewable energy will offer huge benefits to network operators and potentially enable more requests to install renewable energy generation connections to the distribution network. Through a series of trials, this project aims to identify to how the benefits of storage can be shared by all stakeholders in a way that does not cause conflicts.”

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