Orsted has announced plans for its first venture into large-scale energy storage.
The company is to build a 20 MW battery energy storage facility near Liverpool in England and says that the plant will start operating by the end of 2018.
A grid connection agreement and permits for the Carnegie Road battery are already in place and construction is expected to start in May, it said in a statement, adding that NEC Energy Solutions will supply the battery system, while Shaw Energi will support Orsted with in project development.
The battery will help manage grid stability during changes between peak and low power demand for the UK’s National Grid. The project was initially developed by Shaw Energi and later purchased by Orsted.
Orsted UK managing director Matthew Wright said: “Acquiring the Carnegie Road plant is an important step forward as it is our first commercial-scale battery storage project.
“We are investing billions of pounds in the UK’s energy infrastructure and this is another significant investment that puts the UK at the heart of the global energy transition.”