Plans to manage UK grid stability underway
It has been announced by NEC Corporation that its subsidiary NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES), is supplying OErsted UK with a 20MW, GSS Grid Storage Solution. Once completed and operational by the end of 2018, the system will be used to provide services to the UK's National Grid to help manage grid stability during changes between peak and low power demand.
Matthew Wright, Managing Director of OErsted UK, stated: "The future energy system will be completely transformed from what it is today, with a smarter, more flexible grid, balancing supply and demand with new technology and cleaner energy generation. We want to continue to be at the forefront of this exciting shift towards a decarbonised energy system. Acquiring the Carnegie Road plant is an important step forward as it's our first commercial-scale battery storage project. We're investing billions of pounds in the UK's energy infrastructure and this is another significant investment that puts the UK at the heart of the global energy transition."
Thomas Brostroem, President of OErsted North America, added: "We could not be more thrilled to be working again with NEC Energy Solutions who have a strong presence in Massachusetts and are recognised as a global leader in battery storage technology and products. NEC Energy Solutions served as our partner on the Bay State Wind project in Massachusetts and will now work with us in the UK, which is an exciting step as we develop our energy storage solutions in the US."
The Carnegie Road battery storage project was originally developed by Shaw Energi, which will support OErsted in the execution of the project. The grid connection agreement and permits are already in place and construction has begun, with the project expected to be operational by the end of the year.
Steve Fludder, CEO for NEC Energy Solutions, commented: "OErsted is the global leader in offshore wind, and we are excited to be part of their first large-scale energy storage project in the UK. This is a great example of a global partnership as we recently collaborated with OErsted, NA on the Bay State Wind project located in Massachusetts."