GE and Arenko Group have announce a strategic alliance to build grid scale energy storage systems in the UK. The companies will seek to expoit the advantages of combining GE’s battery technology solution, power electronics and advanced controls with Arenko’s operating experience in the UK’s storage market.
Arenko has invested in a 41 MW fully integrated battery energy storage system supplied by GE. The project is said to be one of the largest in the UK and globally.
This battery is sited at a key strategic location in the UK Midlands and will commence operations in 2018. It will integrate GE and Arenko’s control technologies and will be commercially operated though Arenko’s software to digitally deploy energy and access multiple services and system needs. The battery system’s reliability and performance will be ‘underpinned and protected by GE’s long-term support.’
The project is intended to relieve pressure on the UK energy system. The focus is on building long term commercial sustainable battery storage systems, not reliant on subsidies and incentives.
Changing consumer demands, increasing adoption of renewable energy and security of supply are driving the need for innovative energy networks to deliver a more efficient power system. As traditional centralised generation comes under increasing pressure, energy storage projects such as those announced by Arenko and GE today, will be crucial to maximise generation capacity, ensure efficient energy utilisation and improve the operational efficiency of the grid.
Mirko Molinari, global commercial & marketing executive, Energy Storage at GE Power commented: “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.”