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S&C, Samsung and Younicos land Europe's biggest storage project

Mon, 07/29/2013 - 18:36 -- Ruth Williams

Samsung SDI is the surprise large-scale lithium battery system provider in the largest European trial of electrical energy storage, announced today Monday July 29th 2013 by S&C, Younicos and the Korean electrical giant.

The players have signed a joint agreement to deploy Europe’s largest intelligent network storage project, onto a UK Power Networks substation, saving over £6m on traditional network reinforcement methods.

By providing frequency regulation as well as load shifting, the project will also stabilise the grid much more effectively than traditional thermal generators, providing more space on the grid for clean, but intermittent, renewable energies.

The fully automated 6MW/10MWh Smarter Network Storage (SNS) battery technology project will be installed at Leighton Buzzard primary substation, about 45 miles north of London, in order to assess the role of energy storage in cost effectively delivering the UK’s Carbon Plan.

The project will explore the capabilities and value in alternative revenue streams for storage, whilst also deferring expensive conventional reinforcement measures, such as transformers, cable and overhead lines.

Funding of £13.2million was awarded by UK power regulator Ofgem as part of the Low Carbon Networks Fund.