FRV, Harmony break ground on 99-MW battery storage project in UK
FRV and Harmony Energy Clay Tye BESS plant site. Image by FRV (https://frv.com)
UK project developer Harmony Energy Storage (HESL) and Spanish Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) on Monday announced the start of construction works on a 99-MW/198-MWh battery storage facility in Essex.
Named Clay Tye, the system will use 52 Megapack lithium-ion batteries supplied by Tesla Inc (NASDAQ:TSLA), making it the largest of its kind under construction in the UK.
The facility, which is scheduled to be up and running during the first quarter of 2023, will be connected to the UK Power Networks distribution network. It will provide renewable energy storage capacity and peak-time flexibility to electricity and gas utility National Grid (LON:NG).
Both companies noted that this is not the first time they join forces on projects of this type. FRV, a unit of Saudi Arabia's Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, and Harmony have completed the 34-MW/68-MWh Contego facility in West Sussex and the 7.5-MW/15-MWh Holes Bay battery storage system in Dorset.