Enel commissions 25-MW battery storage facility in Newcastle
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Italian electricity utility Enel SpA (BIT:ENEL) has commissioned the 25-MW/12.5-MWh Tynemouth battery energy storage facility in Newcastle, the UK.
The start of operations was announced today by UK renewable power producer Element Power, which originated, developed and consented the project before selling it to Enel a year ago.
The Tynemouth facility will be providing grid-balancing services under a four-year contract with National Grid. Element Power won an Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) contract last year from the British electricity and gas utility at GBP 12 (USD 16/EUR 13.6) per MWh.
“We see significant potential for growth in the battery storage and flexible grid services markets. Element Power is progressing new opportunities and technologies to transform the operation of our power systems. We foresee being able to routinely run grid systems on 100% renewable energy supported by zero carbon ancillary service technologies,” said Guy Nicholson, Europe Grid Manager at Element Power.