Arenko and GE to build grid-scale energy storage system in UK

7 February 2018 (Last Updated February 7th, 2018 13:03)

UK-based energy company Arenko Group (Arenko) has partnered with GE Power (GE) to build a grid-scale energy storage system in the country.

UK-based energy company Arenko Group (Arenko) has partnered with GE Power (GE) to build a grid-scale energy storage system in the country.

As part of the deal, GE is set to deliver a 41MW, fully integrated battery storage solution to meet the consumer demand in real-time under the deal.

The grid-scale energy storage system is said to be one of the largest projects in the UK and will have the capacity to meet the power requirements of approximately 100,000 homes across the country.

GE Power Energy Storage global commercial and marketing executive Mirko Molinari said: “Energy storage will help balance supply and demand close to real-time, avoiding frequency drifts and supporting the mid-term response to grid imbalances.

"Energy storage will help balance supply and demand close to real-time, avoiding frequency drifts and supporting the mid-term response to grid imbalances."

“The flexibility it offers smooths the fluctuating nature of renewable energy, provides quick reserves when needed, stores excess energy generation and much more.

“Energy storage will enable a more efficient system for a more reliable supply of electricity to consumers.

“Arenko are pioneers in the commercialisation of energy storage systems: this collaboration cements two years of working together towards the shared vision of creating a battery storage solution, which addresses the ever-changing needs of a modern energy system.”

The battery storage system will be located at a strategic location in the Midlands and is expected to commence operations later this year.

The site will integrate GE and Arenko’s advanced control technologies and will be commercially operated though Arenko’s software once operational.

Arenko anticipates that the new system will help manage increasing renewable energy production and meet consumers’ changing energy demands, as well as help create a more secure energy network in the future.

Arenko Group chief executive Rupert Newland said: “Arenko’s new battery system will provide much-needed flexibility to the UK grid, reducing waste and helping to make energy bills cheaper for households and businesses.

“This project is very significant in addressing the UK’s long-term energy security concerns, enabling the transition to a low-carbon energy future.”