UK Power Networks (UKPN) has contracted independent supplier SmartestEnergy for its energy storage project in Leighton Buzzard, UK.
SmartestEnergy will take over commercial control of the Smarter Network Storage (SNS) project and explore shared services with UKPN.
“Working with UK Power Networks will give us invaluable experience in the operation of storage technology, which will be key to managing intermittency as renewable generation increasingly contributes to meeting UK energy demand in the future,” said Robert Groves, Chief Executive Officer at SmartestEnergy.
The project near London will provide frequency regulation as well as load shifting using a 6MW lithium-ion battery to regulate the electricity distribution network.
UKPN also awarded demand response management firm Kiwi Power to manage the interface with National Grid to provide ancillary services that help support the stability of the electricity system nationwide.
“Although not as tangible as the storage facility itself, the development of these commercial arrangements represent a really important development for the project and will help provide a model for the future operation of storage,” said Nick Heyward, UKPN project director for SNS.
The SNS project was awarded funding of £13.2m from the Low Carbon Networks Fund. A two-year-trial is set to start by the end of this year.