April 15, 2021: Battery storage owner and operator Zenobe Energy said on April 6 a 100MW battery project it has agreed in the UK will be the biggest grid-connected battery in Europe.
It is the first project to get planning permission since the UK abolished a requirement for all batteries bigger than 50MW to get government approval, an onerous and lengthy procedure.
Zenobe, which is based in London, says the battery, near the northern city of Chester, will be one of the first in the world to absorb reactive power directly from a transmission network.
“As the UK continues to adopt renewable power generation, managing voltage levels and ensuring reactive power management is vital,” says the company.
It will double Zenobe’s stationary battery capacity, keeping it on course to install 1GW by 2026.
Zenobe says this project alone is forecast to remove one million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere.
“As we move to a cleaner energy system, batteries like this one will play a vital role in stabilizing the grid and ultimately enabling a greener, more sustainable Britain,” said co-founder and director James Basden.
“We will look to replicate this solution nationwide, working with government and industry to stabilize the UK energy system, push energy prices down and ensure an emission-free future.”