EDF Energy Renewables has signed a contract with Nidec ASI to build Europe’s largest battery storage project for the UK’s National Grid.
The 49MW project is part of a new 200 MW enhanced frequency response system which will be deployed across the UK to balance the UK grid. It will be built at EDF Energy’s West Burton site in Nottinghamshire.
Nidec ASI will supply the battery storage system using its power conversion technology. It will integrate the power management system being provided by EDF Store & Forecast, a subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles.
EDF Energy Renewables won the contract for the 49MW project last August. Its final investment decision in December followed the securing of a capacity market agreement from 2020 to 2035.
With the strong growth of renewable generation and the closure of large power plants, battery storage technology supports the stability of the national grid network. The technology can be used to respond quickly to fluctuations in the electricity grid. Storage is expected to play an important role as part of a balanced energy system which will include renewables, nuclear and gas.
EDF Energy Renewables CEO Matthieu Hue said: “The innovative battery storage project in the UK is another example of EDF Group’s global CAP 2030 strategy to lead the transition to a low carbon energy future. We expect the project to be operational early next year.”
EDF Group leads investment in a wide range of low carbon technologies in Britain and around the world, including renewable and nuclear electricity generation. The project has relied heavily upon the expertise on the storage of electricity built by EDF Energies Nouvelles and its subsidiary EDF Store & Forecast.
NIDEC's Global Director of Sales, PV and BESS, Matteo Rizzi said, “This is the second important order we have received related to the first round EFR National Grid tender taking our overall market share in terms of MW to 33% in the UK. This important contract confirms our leadership position in the market. We currently have more than 400 MWh installed across the globe.”
EDF Energy Renewables has secured planning permission for the battery storage units at EDF Energy’s West Burton site in Nottinghamshire – where there is more than 3000 MW of thermal generation. This is helping to create a centre of energy excellence, bringing together new and established electricity generation technologies.