Large storage project to stabilize UK power grid


A joint agreement has been signed by S&C Electric, Samsung SDI, UK Power Networks and Younicos to deploy what the companies are calling "Europe’s largest intelligent network storage project" onto a UK Power Networks substation at Leighton Buzzard, a town in Bedfordshire, England.

Younicos has described the battery as a 6 MW/10 MWh Smarter Network Storage (SNS) battery. The project is expected to provide frequency regulation as well as load shifting, which will in turn stabilize the grid. This storage project has the potential to save over £6 million (US$9.14 million) on traditional network reinforcement methods. Local media in the U.K. reported that lithium manganese technology is being used for the project.

The project was awarded funding of £13.2 million (US$20.1 million) by Ofgem, under the Low Carbon Networks (LCN) Fund scheme in December 2012 and will last four years, from January 2013 to December 2016.

Clemens Triebel, Younicos founder and board member, said, "If we are serious about transitioning to a renewables-based energy economy, adding more, and intelligent, storage to the grid quickly is key. That’s why we’re proud to contribute to this ground-breaking project’s success through our intelligent control algorithms and experience in frequency regulation and battery management. We’re eager to show how industrially available batteries can be integrated into existing grids economically today, and help effectively balance intermittent renewable generation, allowing us to switch off CO2-intensive thermal plants when they aren’t needed.”