The 26 Sunny Central Storage battery inverters provided by SMA will integrate lithium-ion storage systems into the grid, according to the German inverter supplier. Furthermore, SMA subsidiary Sunbelt Energy provided a bespoke Power Management System, as well as SCADA-solution to enable optimized charging and discharging cycles depending on grid demand.
The utility scale storage, located in Hertfordshire, will provide reserve capacity necessary for ancillary services to compensate for fluctuations in the power supply. According to the announcement, the facility’s capacity is 50.06 MWh.
“Pelham is a flagship project in Europe, and with its power of 60MVA it is one of the worlds largest,” says Enrique Garralaga Rojas, Head of Project Development at SMA Sunbelt Energy GmbH. Reportedly, SMA and contractor British Solar Renewables Ltd. completed construction of the project in just under six months.
According to SMA, it is Europe’s largest consecutive battery storage plant. Statera Energy Ltd. operates the Pelham site and owns and develops several other large-scale storage systems.