NEC Energy Solutions, designer and manufacturer of smart energy storage solutions, teamed up with VLC Energy, a joint venture between the renewable investment company Low Carbon and VPI Immingham, Europe’s largest combined heat and power plant, in order to complete the commissioning of their 50 MW energy storage project in the UK.
The project represents the largest portfolio of utility-scale battery storage system connected to the UK grid, and consists of a 40 MW installation in Glassenbury, Kent and a 10 MW facility in Cleator, Cumbria. NEC provided turnkey engineering, procurement and construction (EPS) services, including their GSS® end-to-end grid storage solution, following up both contracts the company signed with National Grid in August 2016. Their battery energy storage systems are therefore used to provide Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) to the UK system operator. This process is supported by NEC’s AEROS®, an energy storage control software, which is expected to handle the storage operation.
“The two new battery parks at Glassenbury and Cleator will ensure stability within the local grid and that the electricity demands of residents can be consistently met, including at times of high demand. Sites such as these are fundamental to our energy security and also to realizing the full potential of renewable electricity generation that hit record levels earlier this year,” explained Justin Thesiger, Operations Director at Low Carbon.
Source: NEC Energy
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