UK's Banks Group plans 2.8-GWh battery at former thermal station
The Burwell battery complex in Cambridgeshire, England. Image by: SMS plc.
UK-based property developer The Banks Group on Tuesday laid out plans for a green energy hub at a former thermal power complex in England that will host a huge battery capable of storing up to 2.8 GWh of electricity.
The proposed hub will be located at the defunct Thorpe Marsh power station site near Doncaster, South Yorkshire. The company said it would reclaim and restore the old facility to build what could be considered "largest battery energy storage system currently being planned in the UK".
The project will utilise the site’s existing 1,450-MW connection to the National Grid.
The Banks Group said it is currently working through the battery design process and expects to bring the flexible energy hub online by the middle of the decade. It will officially present its proposal to the local community in early November and hold a public consultation process over the coming months.
If consent is secured, the British group will aim to start onsite construction works by 2024. It will lodge planning applications in the coming months.
“The Thorpe Marsh Green Energy Hub would utilise the site’s large grid capacity to facilitate the increased deployment of renewable energy technologies on the National Grid network [..],” said Lewis Stokes, senior community relations manager at The Banks Group.
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