January 3 (Renewables Now) - Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) has put on stream its first standalone battery storage system, a 20-MW facility near Liverpool in the UK, the Danish energy company said on Wednesday.
The Carnegie Road system consists of three battery containers with a power conversion installation supplied by Japan's NEC Corp (TYO:6701). It will provide services to the UK's National Grid to support grid stability.
“Batteries, and other innovative storage technologies will form a critical part of an integrated green energy system required to ensure we keep the lights on without harming our planet,” said Matthew Wright, UK managing director at Ørsted. Bridgit Hartland-Johnson, leading the development of Ørsted’s new energy storage projects in the UK, stated that the grid needs to become more “agile and flexible” in line with the changing pattern of electricity consumption and generation.
The Carnegie Road project was originally developed by Shaw Energi and was acquired by Ørsted last April when it forayed into the large-scale battery storage market. The Denmark-based group has a 2-MW battery storage system at its 90-MW Burbo Bank wind farm off the coast of Liverpool Bay.