Electricity Storage Facility for UK
By Anne Lewis-Schneider
Power Networks Set to Build
A high-tech electricity storage facility is set to be built at Leighton Buzzard, which could lead to more such facilities being built in the UK. The UK Power Networks company has been given the go ahead, and £13.2million funding has been provided by The Office of Gas and Electricity Markets through its Low Carbon Network Fund.
UK Power Networks’ project director Nick Heyward, for Smarter Network Storage has stated that obtaining the consent for the facility is an important milestone. He also said that this would avoid the need to rebuild the Leighton Buzzard electricity network, and that this innovation would be a testing ground for exploring high-voltage energy storage, which is of great use to the industry.
The project, which entails the installation of a 6MW/10MWh big battery, will be done at one of the main substations in Leighton Buzzard by the end of 2014. It will be one of the largest of its type to be installed on a network in the UK and will help to reduce the high costs of energy storage. UK Power Networks have said that this big battery will also be used as an alternative to the traditional means of reinforcement of networks. This will then allay the need for the upgrading of the electricity network, and go a long way to bring in low carbon technologies. It will also add room to manoeuvre around the reduction of capacity limitations at the site in Leighton Buzzard.
Moreover, Nick Heyward says that local community involvement in the program is of great import. He further stated that this project would not only have an impact on Leighton Buzzard, but that it would also impact nationally.
Mr. Heyward has also made known that what is learnt in this project will be of great importance for future such schemes. He went on to say that UK Power Networks has an affinity to the communities in which they operate, that users of their service were the community, and that the project should be a part of the community that they service.
Anything that can help reduce the costs of energy storage, as well as impacting towards lower carbon technology looks to be the way of the future, and it is going to happen in Leighton Buzzard. High voltage energy storage is the way forward.
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