Ingeteam wins order from Reactive Technologies to build 5MW ultra-capacitor

WCN Editorial Team 14 Dec 2020 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

UK-based software company Reactive Technologies has signed a contract with Spanish technology group Ingeteam to build 5MW ultra-capacitor to allow National Grid ESO to measure power system inertia precisely.

The ultra-capacitor is being built as part of Reactive’s GridMetrix inertia measurement service, which will offer a real-time view of the operability of the power system stability into the NGESO control room.

When operational, the ultra-capacitor will be directly used to measure inertia by sending pulses of power through the grid. This will be recorded by Reactive’s proprietary measurement devices and processed by the GridMetrix cloud platform.

The ultra-capacitor will also facilitate the safe absorption of greater amounts of renewable energy onto the grid.

The benefits of the system will be crucial in enabling NGESO to achieve its goal of being able to operate a zero-carbon system by 2025.

The initial design work of the ultra-capacitor will begin in the fourth quarter of this year. The equipment is expected to be delivered by the spring of next year and the services are expected to be started from summer next year.

The ultra-capacitor will be located in a major industrial site managed by Sembcorp Energy UK, at the Wilton International on Teesside.

The ultra-capacitor will be a major addition to the hub as it aims to be the UK’s first zero-carbon industrial cluster.

Reactive Technologies CEO Marc Borrett said: “We are delighted to have passed another milestone in the delivery of this world-class project which will make a significant contribution in supporting NGESO’s and the UK’s overall decarbonisation ambitions.

“The adoption of our GridMetrix service by innovative system operators such as National Grid is a validation of the hard work of our team and highlights how grid operators globally are realising the value in using real-time measurements to make operational procurement and strategic planning decisions as the energy transition gather pace.”


Reactive Technologies awards Ingeteam contract to construct the world’s largest grid-scale ultra-capacitor. (Credit: Andrew Martin from Pixabay)

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