SSE to build 150-MW battery at former UK coal-fired power plant
Ferrybridge power station. Image by SSE Renewables (www.sserenewables.com)
SSE Renewables, a unit of UK energy company SSE Plc (LON:SSE), said today it has taken a final investment decision to build a 150-MW battery energy storage system (BESS) at the site of the former Ferrybridge coal-fired power station in West Yorkshire, England.
The power station, which was decommissioned by SSE in 2016, will now provide flexible generation to the British grid to support the expansion of renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar.
With a grid connection confirmed for June 2024, the project should be fully operational by late 2024, the company said. This is its second battery storage project, with a 50-MW facility currently under construction in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
The battery technology for the Ferrybridge project will be provided by China’s Sungrow Power Supply Co Ltd (SHE:300274), which will supply its liquid cooled energy storage system, the PowerTitan. OCU Services Ltd will be in charge of construction.
SSE said the project is part of its GBP-25-billion Net Zero Acceleration Programme. The company currently has almost 2 GW of battery and solar projects in development or under construction.
Separately, SSE Renewables on Thursday confirmed its commitment to its up-to-800-MW Arklow Bank Wind Park II offshore wind project in Ireland after the project failed to secure a contract in Ireland’s first competitive offshore wind auction. The developer will submit a planning application later in 2023 to Ireland’s planning board, An Bord Pleanala, while exploring options to secures a route to market.