Europe's biggest energy storage system brought online early to tackle UK energy shortages

Europe's biggest energy storage system brought online early to tackle UK energy shortages

Harmony Energy's UK-based energy storage facility in Pillswood, Cottingham, with a capacity of up to 196 MWh, was brought online four months earlier than planned to provide renewables-backed energy supply over the UK winter.

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This week, the Pillswood battery energy storage facility was brought online, providing up to 196 MWh of single cycle energy, enough to power 300,000 homes for two hours. The facilty was developed by UK-based renewable power company Harmony Energy using Tesla's Megapack technology and its proprietary Autobidder AI energy storage management system. 

The energy storage solution has been positioned directly between a key National Grid substation in Creyke Beck, UK and the Dogger Bank wind farm located in the North Sea, the world's largest offshore wind farm.  

While energy storage provides the key to unlocking the potential of renewables such as offshore wind, these investments are currently not eligible for any domestic subsidies in the UK and rely instead on private financing. High energy prices have provided a temporary stimulus for such projects, but long term investment in renewable energy requires a more comprehensive commitment to energy storage build out to make it economically viable in the medium to longer-term.

  • 24 Nov 2022
  • UK
  • Energy Storage

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