Europe's largest battery of 100 MW/100 MWh goes online in UK

The Minety battery in Wiltshire. Image by: RES Group.

August 5 (Renewables Now) - A 100 MW/100 MWh battery storage facility in the UK has been completed and connected to the grid, technology supplier Sungrow Power Supply Co Ltd (SHE:300274) said on Thursday.

The Chinese solar inverter and storage system maker has delivered its 1,500 V NCM and LFP battery solutions for the project, which is owned by China Huaneng Group and and Chinese government backed fund CNIC. UK-based RES Group will monitor the facility under an operations and maintenance (O&M) contract awarded through a competitive tender, it said separately.

The Minety battery is located in Wiltshire, South West England, and is touted as Europe’s largest battery storage development to date. The facility will store electricity from the national grid at times of low demand and high renewables generation and feed it back when demand increases. A a commercial agreement is in place with Shell Energy Europe Ltd (SEEL) to be its off-taker.

Planning permission has been recently secured to extend the battery by another 50 MW.

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