Centrica, a UK energy services company, announced plans to convert a decommissioned Lincolnshire gas-fired power station into a battery storage facility. It will be capable of supplying the equivalent of a full day’s energy consumption for 11,000 households.
It will work in partnership with GE on construction of a 50MW /100MWh battery storage project at Brigg, which will provide energy storage for the 43 onshore wind farms across Lincolnshire. The lithium iron phosphate battery storage system will be supplied by GE.
Centrica said the battery installed at Brigg represents the largest investment in storage capacity it has made to date. It will have the capacity to store 100MWh of electric energy.
Brigg battery storage is set to be fully operational in late 2023 with plans to run the site for 25 years. The solution implemented will be a two-hour duration system with GE’s flexible duration architecture. That will allow Centrica to modify the duration of the system in response to future grid needs and market opportunities.
Centrica said it will be integrated with GE’s flexinverter, a containerised solution designed to deliver a factory-integrated power conversion platform for utility scale solar and storage applications.
GE will also provide its Renewable Hybrids Plant Control system to optimise and dispatch the energy stored.
Photo: inside the main turbine hall at Brigg. L-R Greg McKenna, MD, Centrica Business Solutions; Ian Griffiths, head of large asset operations at Centrica Business Solutions; Nigel Brown, senior maintenance technician at Centrica Business Solutions; Chris O’Shea, CEO of Centrica