Planning permission secured for Hams Hall storage project

10 May 2022

Penso Power and Luminous Energy, partners in the Welbar Energy Storage joint venture, have secured full planning approval for a 350MW connection capacity battery storage development at Hams Hall, east of Birmingham, UK.  

The Hams Hall site has a 350 MW transmission network connection, and the approved design allows for deployment of more than 1750 MWh of battery storage. The project is expected to provide a broad range of services to support the electricity system including potentially longer duration services, with scope for more than five hours duration.

Hams Hall is part of a large pipeline of projects that BW Group committed to fund under the agreement that it announced with Penso Power in October 2021.  Penso Power, Luminous Energy and BW Group will become joint shareholders in the development, with Penso Power overseeing the project’s deployment and managing the project once it is operational. 

Richard Thwaites, chief executive of Penso Power said: “This project is globally significant in scale, and we expect it to play an important role in ensuring the resilience of the UK’s electricity system.”

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