January 12 (Renewables Now) - VLC Energy this week said it has completed a 50-MW utility-scale battery storage portfolio in the UK, the largest in the country.
The company is a joint venture between UK renewable energy firm Low Carbon and VPI Immingham, which owns a combined heat and power (CHP) plant near Immingham and is part of Vitol group.
The portfolio includes a 40-MW battery array in Glassenbury, Kent and a 10-MW system at Cleator in Cumbria, both using LG Chem lithium-ion battery technology. The two projects won contracts as part of National Grid's 200-MW Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) auction in 2016. They have also been awarded capacity market contracts.
Leon Walker of National Grid said that battery storage is expected to save the system operator about GBP 200 million (USD 273m/EUR 225m) over four years.
"Batteries hold the key to the future of the power landscape, both in the UK and internationally," said Russell Hardy, VPI Immingham chairman and Vitol's EMEA head. "Ensuring grid resilience is a necessary step in the growth of renewable generation," Hardy added.
(GBP 1 = USD 1.364/EUR 1.123)