The strategic alliance will combine GE’s technology with London-based Arenko’s experience of the UK market as well as its proprietary energy trading software platform.
The ESS, sited in the Midlands, should begin operations in 2018 when it will be used to balance supply and demand close to real time to stabilize grid frequency and support the mid-term response to grid imbalances as increasing amounts of renewable energy is deployed in the area.
It will be commercially operated though Arenko’s software to digitally deploy energy and access multiple services and system needs. The system is expected to be operational within the next few months.
Rupert Newland, chief executive, Arenko Group, told ESJB: “Changing consumer demands, increasing adoption of renewable energy and security of supply are driving the need for innovative energy networks to deliver a more efficient power system.
“As traditional centralized generation comes under increasing pressure, energy storage projects such as those announced by Arenko and GE, will be crucial to maximize generation capacity, ensure efficient energy utilisation and improve the operational efficiency of the grid.
“Furthermore, one of the key benefits of building energy storage is the impact it has on consumer bills by relieving pressure on the grid during peak hours and delivering stored or surplus energy at off peak prices.
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