July 22, 2021: A 50MW/100MWh utility-scale Tesla’s Megapack battery, optimized by Tesla’s Autobidder software, will be installed in the north of England by infrastructure investment firm Amber Infrastructure, the firm announced on July 20.
The battery will provide grid-balancing services to system operators as they struggle to manage the growing amount of intermittent renewable energy sources.
“As well as enabling higher renewable energy generation onto the grid, battery storage is expected to reduce the current costs of operating the electricity system, creating a cost benefit to consumers as well as earning its investors an attractive return,” said Amber.
This initial project should be operational by the end of next year, and the parties are aiming to bring an additional 200MW/400MWh online in the future.
According to RenewableUK, a trade association formerly known as the British Wind Association, the total pipeline of battery storage projects in the UK stands at more than 16GW — whether at the planning, operational, construction or consented stages — across 729 sites, with 1.13GW operational.
The association says capacity has increased rapidly, with applications in 2012 standing at just 2MW.
On top of battery storage, 6GW of liquefied and compressed air, pumped hydro, flywheels and gravity-based technology is either operating or on the way. Total energy storage in the UK, once installed, will total 22GW.