Arenko and GE to build grid-scale energy storage system in UK.

UK-based energy company Arenko Group (Arenko) has partnered with GE Power (GE) to build a grid-scale energy storage system in the UK.

As part of the deal, GE is set to deliver a 41MW, fully integrated battery storage solution to meet the consumer demand in real-time under the deal.

The grid-scale energy storage system is said to be one of the largest projects in the UK and will have the capacity to meet the power requirements of approximately 100,000 homes across the country.

GE Power Energy Storage global commercial and marketing executive Mirko Molinari said: “Energy storage will help balance supply and demand close to real-time, avoiding frequency drifts and supporting the mid-term response to grid imbalances.

“The flexibility it offers smooths the fluctuating nature of renewable energy, provides quick reserves when needed, stores excess energy generation and much more.

“Energy storage will enable a more efficient system for a more reliable supply of electricity to consumers.

“Arenko are pioneers in the commercialisation of energy storage systems: this collaboration cements two years of working together towards the shared vision of creating a battery storage solution, which addresses the ever-changing needs of a modern energy system.”

The battery storage system will be located at a strategic location in the Midlands and is expected to commence operations later this year.

The site will integrate GE and Arenko’s advanced control technologies and will be commercially operated though Arenko’s software once operational.

Arenko anticipates that the new system will help manage increasing renewable energy production and meet consumers’ changing energy demands, as well as help create a more secure energy network in the future.

Arenko Group chief executive Rupert Newland said: “Arenko’s new battery system will provide much-needed flexibility to the UK grid, reducing waste and helping to make energy bills cheaper for households and businesses.

“This project is very significant in addressing the UK’s long-term energy security concerns, enabling the transition to a low-carbon energy future.”

“As a leading owner and operator of grid scale battery systems in the UK, we are delighted to have established this strategic alliance with GE to deliver large scale battery energy storage projects. We share the same focus and commitment to the sector and we have been very impressed by GE’s world class technology and project delivery of energy storage systems across the globe.

“This is a demonstration of Arenko’s strategy to partner with top tier corporates to make a major, positive and sustainable impact on the energy sector. We are focussed on addressing this complex but exciting commercial opportunity and helping to build the future of the UK’s energy system.”

GE has invested in Grid Scale Battery Storage technology since 2010. Arenko was established in 2014 to provide large scale energy storage solutions and selected GE, who has a strong reputation of reliability from a repeatable and well referenced design. This first project with Arenko will be GE’s 19th and largest grid scale commercial Battery Energy Storage Solution worldwide.


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