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Amid an energy crisis that has seen bills soar to astronomical levels as a consequence of the UK’s staggering dependence on volatile gas markets, Britain has been scrambling to ramp up its energy security to interrupt free from Russian Vladimir Putin’s grip in the marketplace within the hope of driving down bills. And as winter looms, there are even fears that Britain may not find a way to shore up enough imports to maintain the lights on this winter as National Grid warns there may very well be a period of 3-hour rolling blackouts through the coldest months of the yr.

But there are several energy storage sites across the UK that might already help the UK avoid such a scenario, and with many more planned, these plants could prove vital in driving down bills and harnessing the true potential of Britain’s renewable energy infrastructure. 

Energy storage sites work by storing the surplus energy produced by renewables, which sends power to the plants when weather conditions generate high amounts of power that will not be necessarily required when demand is low.

As a substitute of the surplus power being wasted, storage sites can send power back into the grid at times when demand is high. This has the potential to let tens of millions of homes access low-cost power, and might provide a stable supply of energy that might prove vital in avoiding shortages. Express.co.uk has listed several planned and operating sites that area dotted across the UK.

TagEnergy – Hawkers Hill Energy Park (Operating)

TagEnergy’s battery storage facility is already in operation on the Hawkers Hill site, and a few of the energy it stored up has already been exported to the grid. Elon Musk’s Tesla was involved within the construction of the £16m facility, a process which began in September 2021.

The UK is plotting more energy storage sites across the UK, (Image: Low Carbon/Getty )

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The UK is scrambling to harness the complete potential of its renewable energy infrastructure (Image: Express)

The positioning uses Tesla’s Megapack lithium-ion batteries, along with the firm’s Artificial Intelligence software, which is capable of discover when demand is low or high. 

Franck Woitiez, Chief Executive Officer, TagEnergy said: “Flexible technology systems like Hawkers Hill Energy Park’s battery storage will play an increasingly vital role in boosting the UK’s ability to capture, store and release renewable energy for a more reliable and regular supply. We’re proud to be delivering clean power to support the national grid at this critical time and can proceed to leverage our battery storage expertise and versatile supply to optimise the market, help stabilise the grid and increase renewables’ share of it.”

Harmony Energy – Yorkshire (Operating)

TagEnergy’s site will not be the one UK storage site up-and-running that’s using Tesla’s technology. Harmony Energy’s battery storage site near Hull got here online on Monday, 4 days ahead of schedule. It could possibly store enough electricity to power 300,000 homes for 2 hours.  Just like the storage facility at Hawkers Hill, the plant in Pillswood, Cottingham, also uses Tesla’s AI software to match energy supply to demand. This had been as a consequence of be switched on in two stages in December 2022 and March 2023.

The Pillswood site can store as much as 196 MWh energy in a single cycle and is built next to the National Grid’s Creyke Beck substation, which will likely be connected to Dogger Bank. This will likely be the world’s largest offshore wind farm, which is ready to launch within the North Sea later this decade.

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The UK is hoping to wean itself off Putin’s gas to drive bills down (Image: Getty )

Peter Kavanagh, director of Harmony Energy, said: “Battery energy storage systems are essential to unlocking the complete potential of renewable energy within the UK and we hope this particular one highlights Yorkshire as a pacesetter in green energy solutions.

Low Carbon – Kent and Cumbria (Operating) 

Low Carbon’s two projects, one in Cleator in Cumbria and the opposite in Glassenbury in Kent, have a complete capability of fifty megawatts. Running on lithium-ion batteries, the sites “be sure that energy is all the time available where it is required”. 

The Kent site runs on 3,640 lithium-ion battery modules which give “almost instantaneous responses to energy supply and demand” and is able to powering greater than 3,250 homes for a day.  The Cumbria site is far smaller in scale, running on just 900 lithium-ion batteries and a 10-megawatt capability.

HighView Power – 20 sites across the UK (Planned)

Although they will not be yet operating, Highview Power has plans to significantly scale up the UK’s energy storage capability in a bid to bring a serious boost to Britain’s energy security. While it will definitely hopes that 20 plants will likely be built across the country, it has currently pinpointed two major sites at Carrington, Machester, and Humber, Yorkshire.

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Highview Power is plotting 20 storage sites across the UK (Image: Highview Power)

It’s hoped that the primary plant, a £250million Manchester station, will come online as early as 2024. It is going to have a 30megawatts capability, capable of store 300megawatt hours of electricity, enough to provide 600,000 homes with clean power for an hour.

The following plants will likely be even larger in scale, with 4 a five planned for Humberside with a 200megawatt/2.5gigwatt hour capability. The CRYOBattery site would find a way to store excess energy generated by the Dogger Bank, Hornsea and Sofia wind farms. 

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, HighView Power CEO Rupert Pearce said: “The dimensions of those is rather a lot greater. They’ll find a way to every serve around 6 million homes. We’re talking about very substantial storage to the UK. 6 million homes is concerning the size of Sizewell C.”

He added:”We’re constructing offshore wind at an incredible pace. We now have gone from 11 gigawatts to 50 gigawatts in seven years and it’s transformational for the UK economy. That’s taking us from 40 percent of offshore wind generation today to 90 percent to the tip of the last decade.

“It’s within the North Sea, it’s off the east and west coast of Scotland and a bit off Wales. Wherever that wind gets landed, we’re going to be constructing our power stations to capture the surplus wind.”

Harmony Energy storage

Harmony Energy’s storage site began operating 4 months early (Image: Harmony Energy)

“We will likely be there in Humberside, in Norfolk, Kent and the east coast of Scotland take wind power, keep if refrigerated and prepared – stored as liquid air – able to move it on when the demand is there. We’re dotted throughout the coastlines.”

Centrica Business Solutions -Lincolnshire (Planned)

Centrica Business Solutions has reportedly began working on the plant, at Brigg in Lincolnshire that might provide energy storage for 43 onshore wind farms across the country. The decommissioned gas station, now set to turn into a battery storage facility, is ready to stay in operation for 25 years after it comes online late next yr.

It’s claimed that the positioning will find a way to maximise the potential of each megawatt of green electricity to offer enough energy to offer a full day’s consumption to 11,000 homes, or around 15 percent of homes in North Lincolnshire.

Greg McKenna, Managing Director of Centrica Business Solutions, said: “Investing in low carbon energy assets that boost the UK’s ability to store more renewable energy is essential to attending to net zero. Lincolnshire has 242MW of onshore wind power capability but when supply outstrips demand a few of those green electrons will go to waste if not stored.”

Kona Energy – North West England (Planned) 

Kona Energy has struck a cope with Gore Street Energy Storage Fund (GSF) for a 200MW project in North West England.  Once constructed, this site will likely be considered one of the most important battery storage facilities in Europe, storing electricity generated a wide range of sources, including renewable power. 

Chatting with Express.co.uk, Andy Willis, the founding father of Kona Energy commented: “This project could power as much as 200,000 homes for two hours when constructed, which we hope to realize as soon as is feasibly possible.

“Battery storage systems are an irreplaceable piece of the renewable puzzle. Without them, an enormous amount of fresh energy will proceed to be wasted at great cost to the billpayer.

“The more of those projects online, the stronger our position will likely be within the turbulent global energy market – there isn’t a time to waste.”

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