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Statera proposes 500MW UK battery storage project

By Molly Green

UK battery energy storage system (BESS) developer-operator Statera has submitted a planning application for a 500MW project in Oxfordshire, England.

The company submitted the application to South Oxfordshire District Council for the 500MW BESS at Culham Campus, formerly the UK Atomic Energy Authority’s (UKAEA) Culham Science Centre.

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If consented, Statera’s Culham BESS is scheduled to connect to the Culham substation in 2027, when National Grid will extend it as part of a wider upgrade to electrical infrastructure at Culham Campus.

The proposal would provide Culham Campus with an advanced connection to the grid, providing greater power security, resilience and stability, supporting UKAEA’s intention of making the campus a world-leading fusion facility.

It will mean development of 26% of the site (seven hectares out of 26.8). The proposal also sets aside 16 hectares to re-establish a registered park and garden with new woodland and grassland habitats, providing a 50% uplift in biodiversity.

A tree belt north of the site will be restored using 170 new native trees, re-establishing parts of the Nuneham Courtenay Park and Garden.

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