UK succeeded on its trial for its biggest energy storage project in their history.
According to UK Power Networks (UKPN), the £18.4 million “big battery” has proved it can potentially transform the energy grid and play a major role in the transition towards a low carbon economy.
The 6MW to 10MW Smarter Network Storage (SNS) facility located in Leighton Buzzard stores energy when demand is low and releases it at peak times.
It has the capacity to power around 6,000 homes for an hour and a half at peak times or roughly 1,100 homes for a whole day, or even 27,000 homes for a full hour when demand is lower.
UKPN claims this is the first grid-scale battery storage project in the country and the only one of its kind currently operating on the energy network.
Director of Safety, Strategy and Support Services at UKPN, Suleman Alli said “as we move towards a low carbon, decentralised, digital energy system, all eyes are on the role of storage – especially batteries – in Britain’s electricity network. We believe that grid-scale storage has a huge role to play in addressing the challenges the industry faces.”
“The trial has drawn attention to the fact that the UK’s regulatory framework needs to evolve to help exploit its full potential. For example, energy storage currently incurs a double carbon levy – both when it stores energy and when it releases it,” he added.