Fluence Energy UK, a subsidiary of Fluence Energy and Statkraft have partnered to deliver a 50 MW battery-based energy storage project, Neilston, which is connected directly to the transmission network.
The project is awarded under Phase 2 of the Stability Pathfinder program that looks for new ways of increasing transmission network stability as fossil fuel generators are withdrawn from the UK and the last coal power stations are expected to shut down by 2024.
The project, ranked third across the UK and Ireland to be delivered with Fluence, will be installed at Neilston Greener Grid Park in Renfrewshire, Scotland to support the National Grid Energy System Operator (NGESO) in achieving system stability. Statkraft’s project will also provide inertia and short-circuit power to the grid for stability, which is important for energy security and affordability.
“The project will provide an essential service to stabilize the power grid and allow more renewable energy to be transmitted through the network, without relying on coal and gas-fired power stations,” said Lloyd Godwin, Principal Project Manager at Statkraft commented. “This means fewer harmful emissions, and lower bills for consumers, because renewable energy is cheaper.”
Fluence’s total company portfolio exceeds 1.4 GWh in the UK and Ireland markets. Globally, Fluence has delivered or contracted more than 850 MWh energy storage projects either in technically advanced grid-forming mode or as a transmission asset.
Fluence also launched Ultrastack, an advanced energy storage product designed to address the complex requirements of transmission and distribution networks, in March 2023. Statkraft’s Neilston Greener Grid Park will use some of Ultrastack’s functionalities.