Younicos has been selected by Centrica to design and deliver one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated battery-based energy storage systems. To be completed by winter 2018, the 49 megawatt (MW) lithium-ion system will respond to fluctuations in electrical demand in less than a second.
The battery plant will be built at the site of the former Roosecote coal and gas-fired power stations in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK, and will be owned and operated by Centrica, a leading British energy and services company. Younicos software will be key to ensuring that the system meets the various demanding requirements set by the UK Transmission System Operator (TSO).
Intelligently controlled batteries are best suited to smooth out short-term fluctuations in power supply and demand quickly and precisely, enabling the integration of a much larger share of intermittent clean energy sources. Younicos pioneered the commercial use of batteries to provide various critical grid services such as frequency regulation, and has already installed over 150 MW of battery storage globally. The German-American company built Europe’s first commercial battery in Schwerin, Germany, and provided the software and controls for UK Power Network’s 6 MW “Smarter Network Storage” (SNS) project in Leighton-Buzzard.