UK-based energy storage firm redT has signed a deal to supply more than 700 megawatt-hours (MWh) of grid-scale systems to support the German grid.
The company said it will initially deliver two 40MWh energy storage projects, using its ‘Gen 3’ vanadium redox flow technology, with plans to roll out a further 690MWh of projects in the future.
One of the UK’s biggest battery energy storage facilities to date has gone into operation in southeast England.
British Solar Renewables (BSR) said the 49.99-megawatt Stocking Pelham lithium-ion BESS, near Bishop’s Stortford, is connected to a nearby 400kV substation via a 132kV grid connection.
China’s BYD has opened the “world’s biggest auto batteries plant”— as part of a reported multi-billion dollar investment to expand its domestic battery-making capacity to 60 gigawatt-hours within three years.
BYD— which stands for ‘build your dreams’— said the six-square-kilometre plant in Qinghai Province— “equivalent in size to around 140 football pitches”— will itself have a 24GWh production capacity when it ramps up to full capacity next year.
The UK is seeking at the highest level a foreign investor to establish a lithium-ion giga factory in Britain, Tony Harper, head of the British Faraday Challenge has told BEST Battery Briefing.
The Faraday Challenge programme, set up nearly a year ago to kick start a UK advanced battery capability to deliver energy storage for the next generation of UK-made low- and zero-emission vehicles, is spending GBP243 million ($319m) on research and development over the next four years.
UK-based technology firm Plessey has installed a two-megawatt Tesla battery for behind-the-meter (BTM) battery storage at its flagship manufacturing and R&D site in Plymouth, England.
UK battery energy storage developer and operator Kiwi Power— whose ‘Kiwi Fruit’ hardware and software platform controls the battery— completed the project.
The boss of Nissan batteries in the UK, Jeff Pratt, is to head a new national centre supporting government plans to develop next-generation battery systems for the automotive sector.
Pratt (pictured) will take up the post of MD at the UK Battery Industrialisation Centre (UKBIC)— part of the UK government’s Faraday Institution— next month.