Construction begins at 50MW/100MW hours battery storage project in Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 29 Apr 2022 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Zenobe has started building a 50MW/100MW-hours battery storage project, which is claimed to be the first such facility to link directly to the transmission system in Scotland.

The company has selected Centrica, Fluence and H&MV as the suppliers for the project in Wishaw, Scotland.

This project is being funded by Santander UK.

The site will allow 640GW-hours of clean energy production to travel from north to south over the upcoming 15 years.

According to the company, the battery will be used as part of Constraints Management pathfinder project of National Grid ES.

This project is intended to secure power supply for Glasgow and the nearby region.

The project is anticipated to go online by the end of this year.

Zenobe is teaming up with Centrica to serve as the route to market provider, and entered a long-term floor contract.

This contract will see Centrica optimise the battery and provide open access to various revenue streams for the asset.

Fluence has been selected as the battery energy storage system supplier, while H&MV will serve as the principal designer and contractor, respectively.

Zenobe co-founder and director James Basden said: "This project demonstrates real innovation. Scotland is leading the world in its move to renewable energy and Zenobē is proud to be providing the critical infrastructure needed for the country’s clean energy transition.

"Alongside our partners Fluence, Centrica, H&MV and Santander UK, we’re increasing flexibility of power supply for Glasgow and the wider network and so allowing a greater uptake of renewable energy.

"The battery at Wishaw is the first of a series of major battery flexibility projects by Zenobe and part of the £500m (€594.2m) we intend to invest in Scotland in the next five years."

Fluence managing director for UK, Ireland & Israel Marek Kubik said: "We are pleased to be working with Zenobe to deliver the largest battery-based energy storage system to date in Scotland and the first to be connected directly to the transmission system in the country.

"The project in Wishaw will use the highly configurable Gridstack product with intelligent edge controls that is designed for the most demanding market applications and grid services.

"With the 50MW system being deployed in less than one year, Scotland will be able to benefit from the addition of low-cost, zero-emissions capacity in the near term while it builds towards its 2045 net-zero target."

The site will allow 640GW-hours of clean energy production to transport from north to south over the upcoming 15 years. Credit: Karolina Grabowska from Pixabay.

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