Pulse Clean Energy has signed a partnership with power innovator and PV kit-maker Canadian Solar to convert four UK-resident diesel generators into 100MWh of grid-scale batteries.

The London-based engineers announced in February their intention to connect 1GW of storage in Britain and elsewhere by 2026.

Purchase of the former Green Frog Power last October and its rebranding by new owners the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO) prompted the declaration.

Due to spark up first by the end of 2022, the four batteries now announced are located at Tir John & Briton Ferry in south Wales, Willoughby in Warwickshire and Flatworth near North Shields. Decommissioning and stripping out nine diesel generators will presage the storage packs’ start-up.

Canadian Solar will develop the four sites, as the first step in a new 10-year operation and maintenance agreement with Pulse.

It’s Canadian’s first battery venture in the UK, following its successful deployment of storage assets in the US.  Balancing capabilities on Britain’s grid, as well as ancillary services, are the partners’ commercial offering.

Pulse Clean Energy’s chief operating officer Trevor Wills, pictured, said:  “We are excited to be establishing a partnership with Canadian Solar, a leader in the deployment of grid-scale energy storage technologies around the world.

“We are filling the void in infrastructure that can shift power from when it is produced to when it is needed,” Wills added.  “We’re looking forward to the next few years as our facilities come online.”

Canadian Solar’s chair and CEO Shawn Qu said he was  “..thrilled to be working with Pulse Clean Energy to develop its first battery storage projects and help support its ambition to facilitate the clean energy transition in the UK.

The multinational would contribute experience already6 gained from 2.5 GWh of contracted projects in Europe, Qu added.

In twelve years, Canadian Solar says it has connected over 6.3 GWp in more than twenty countries. It claims 445 MWp in operation, nearly 6 GWp of projects under construction or in late-stage towards completion, plus 18.6 GWp of projects at mid- to early- stages.


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