NEC Energy Solutions has announced that it has signed a contract to build and operate a total of 50 MW of energy storage projects with VLC Energy, a new joint venture company created by Low Carbon, a renewable energy investment company, and VPI Immingham, the owner of one of the largest combined heat and power plants in Europe and part of the Vitol Group. The Energy Storage Facilities will be based on the lithium-ion technology.
The project, which include a 40 MW facility in Glassenbury, UK and a 10 MW installation in Cleator, UK will be the largest portfolio of battery sites connected to the UK grid once operational later this year. The Cleator and Glassenbury sites secured two contracts with National Grid in August 2016 for battery energy storage systems to provide Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) to the UK system operator.
NEC ES will provide turnkey EPC and O&M services which includes its GSS® grid storage solution, installation and commissioning, and ten years of operations and maintenance services for each project. The facilities will be operated by NEC ES under the new EFR guidelines, will provide seasonal Triad avoidance services and will also participate in other markets. Project execution is already underway and the systems are expected to be installed and operational in November 2017.
The Triads are the three half-hour settlement periods with highest system demand and are used by National Grid to determine charges for demand customers with half-hour metering and payments to licence exempt distributed generation. They can occur in any half-hour on any day between November to February inclusive but are separated from each other by at least ten full days.
Source: NEC Energy Solutions