Hertfordshire-based company Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has announced its first UK contract to build and support a battery energy storage system. The company will install and maintain a 640kWh battery system next to a 1.5MW solar park just south of Glastonbury in Somerset. The £1m system will help balance supply and demand between the solar park and the local grid. The project is part of a major 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 UK. According to RES, using energy storage in this way offers huge potential to increase the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of grid operations without the need for public or Government subsidy. It also has the potential to improve access to the grid for low-carbon energy sources at the least cost to consumers. RES already operates nine similar projects around the globe, with total energy storage capability of up to 48MWh.
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One of the first industrial-scale battery storage facilities is to be developed in the UK in a joint project by British Solar Renewables (BSR) and Western Power Distribution (WPD). This £1 million project will demonstrate the technical and commercial feasibility of directly linking a major battery storage facility, a solar park and the electricity network.
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