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Learn how NEC delivered 50MW of battery storage in the UK

By Solar Media Staff
The 10MW Cleator site, which delivers EFR and other services to the grid. Image: VLC Energy/NEC

At the beginning of this year, two battery storage systems went into operation in England which add up to 50MW of energy storage and deliver a significant percentage of total enhanced frequency response (EFR) contracts awarded in the UK through tenders by the transmission operator, National Grid.

Solar Media is proud to have been asked by technology provider NEC to publish a guide in the form of a case study, which goes in-depth on the 10MW Cleator and 40MW Glassenbury projects the company’s Energy Solutions division worked on for customer VLC Energy.

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VLC Energy’s leadership includes prolific UK renewables developer Low Carbon and you can hear directly from the customer what was needed, what the challenges were and why NEC was the perfect fit, bringing in equipment and cutting-edge technology – both hardware and software – and choosing the right contractors for the grid connection and civil works portions of the project.

NEC Energy Solutions CEO Steve Fludder takes you through why he believes the energy industry is rapidly, through digitalisation and the growth of renewables and distributed energy resources (DERs), becoming a service-led proposition.

“The transformation of the electric power infrastructure all around the world is really unprecedented, because it impacts everyone and everyone will be engaged. The future is about multiple constituents and multiple flows of energy and multiple ways of really delivering cleaner, more reliable electricity through technologies and digital platforms, managed as an enterprise as opposed to managing a one-way flow of electrons,” Fludder says in the guide. 

“We’re focused on all of the new technologies and solutions that will make this transformed grid that’s going to be majority renewable, in some cases totally renewable…I see storage as a central part of many types of energy system that allow other things to happen.”

The guide examines and analyses many aspects of the contracting, design, delivery and economics of the two projects, including the technology that went into them and their ongoing operations. We look at their applications and how they make money for their owners and investors, as well as how they benefit the grid and the environment and ultimately society as a whole, asking how in future these projects and others of their kind will help inform the growth and development of the wider renewable and clean energy industries.

Download the guide brought to you by Solar Media and for NEC: 'Increasing the value of power: Delivering 50MW of battery storage in the UK' as a PDF from the 'Resources' section of this site, here. Download is free of charge, with some registration details required. 

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