KiWi Power wins National Grid contract to build 4MW behind-the-meter battery

Published on: October 26, 2017 6:11 amBy: Jade Beevor


Demand response aggregator KiWi Power announced on October 10 that it is set to build a 4MW lithium ion behind-the-meter battery in Wales after winning a contract from UK power transmission operator National Grid this August.

The battery, which will be developed, financed and managed by KiWi Power, will be located at Cenin Renewables, a 20-acre renewable energies site at Parc Stormy in Bridgend, South Wales.

The battery will be charged using electricity from the grid, which will include a mix of generation sources including onsite renewables generation, and will sit within Cenin’s cluster of integrated clean technologies, which includes 3,000 PV solar panels, an anaerobic digestion plant and a wind turbine.

Quentin Scrimshire, commercial leader for KiWi Power, told ESJB: “Developing storage systems behind the meter provides us with more flexibility to unlock a wide range of revenue streams, which we access using KiWi’s technology.”

The battery is scheduled for deployment by February 2018, and follows KiWi’s management of UK distribution network operator Northern Powergrid’s 2.5MW battery facility at Rise Carr substation, Darlington, and fellow DNO UK Power Network’s 6MW Leighton Buzzard battery, which it no longer manages.

Yoav Zingher, CEO of KiWi Power said: “The UK is slowly waking up to the potential of flexibility and battery energy storage’s role in that. By applying Demand Side Response (DSR) techniques widely used elsewhere in the world, the UK could save nearly 10GW of demand – roughly equivalent to three Hinkley Point C nuclear power stations.”

KiWi entered the UK market in 2009 and has more than 300MW of DSR assets under management, enabling large scale users to optimize their consumption patterns.

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