Britain boasts the biggest battery

Britain is a small island full of big surprises, not least when it comes to renewable energy. Pursuing a policy that some would call pluralistic, others opportunistic and some incoherent, the current administration has embraced fracking a week after opening Europe’s biggest offshore wind farm. Now comes another surprise at an electricity substation at Leighton Buzzard, in the county of Bedfordshire.
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S&C Electric bags Canadian BESS project

The Wind Energy Institute of Canada has announced a supply agreement with S&C Electric Canada for a battery energy storage system (BESS) at Prince Edward Island. The BESS will be delivered in September and is expected to be operational by autumn. The BESS is composed of a power conversion system supplied by S&C and battery modules supplied by GE.

The batteries are sodium nickel chloride Durathon modules and represent the first such project for GE Energy Storage in Canada.

Call for storage to be viewed as an asset

S&C Electric, a company that integrates electricity storage units into the grid for utilities, is calling for changes in the UK electricity market to improve conditions for energy storage.

Speaking to Reuters, Andrew Jones, Managing Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, stated that the addition of energy storage as a valued asset in the UK’s energy infrastructure would allow return of investment for renewable energy companies, some of whom have also been complaining about the lack of investment in their own industry.

These criticisms come at a time when the UK government has launched the ambitious Electricity Market Reform Bill, which has been drafted to help encourage the GBP£110 billion (USD$176 billion) investment the administration says is needed to revamp the country’s energy infrastructure.