What happened now? Operators have turned on Europe’s largest battery-powered energy storage system, commissioning a system capable of storing enough electricity to power 300,000 homes for two hours.
The facility, located in Cottingham, East Yorkshire, UK, is managed by renewable energy company Harmony Energy Limited and uses Tesla Megapack technology. The system can store up to 196 MWh (megawatt-hours) of electricity in a single cycle and will balance the grid and replace fossil fuel sources with renewable energy sources such as solar farms and wind turbines.
The battery storage system was built next to the Creyke Beck substation, where the Dogger Bank offshore wind farm is scheduled to start next summer.
Each Tesla Megapack can store more than 3 MWh of energy, enough to power an average of 3,600 homes for one hour. Harmony didn’t say how many Megapack units were deployed in the build, but based on simple math and a photo of the construction attached to the press release, there are at least a few dozen units at the facility.
Harmony said The project was originally supposed to launch in two phases – one in December 2022 and a second in March 2023 – but they’ve decided to move everything online now ahead of a challenging winter period.
Last month, the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem) said the UK could face gas deficit this winter because of the war between Russia and Ukraine. Gas is responsible for 40 to 60 percent of the UK’s electricity generation and a shortage could have a major impact on electricity generation.
The object will work using Autobider, Tesla’s real-time trading and control platform that allows utilities to monetize battery assets. Autobidder is already overseeing several other battery storage projects, including the Hornsdale Power Reserve (HPR) in South Australia.
Harmony said that this is the first of six such projects that the company intends to implement in the coming years.