UK Power Networks puts ‘Big Battery’ up for sale


UK Power Networks has put its ‘Big Battery’ up for sale. The 6MW/10MWh battery was connected at Leighton Buzzard in 2014, as part of an innovation trial.

The Smarter Network Storage project looked at how grid scale batteries could deliver ‘stacked’ or multiple commercial services to National Grid while also providing services to help distribution network operators (DNOs) manage load on their networks (see details here).

As its name implies, the battery is quite big, the size of three tennis courts, and when built was the largest of its kind in Europe.

Now the trial is over, UKPN has to sell the battery, because network operators are not allowed to own storage, which is classed as generation.

Smart Grid Consultancy is managing the sale. The firm invites expressions of interest via by 8 February. It hopes to complete a reasonably quick sale.

Smart Grid Consultancy was last year appointed by Western Power Distribution to sell a battery it had bought as part of an innovation trial.

WPD’s 300kW Lithium Iron Phosphate battery had been used by the DNO to test co-located solar and storage. It was sold to a firm building an EV test facility.

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One careful owner: WPD seeks buyers for 300kW battery storage

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