The project is Voltalia’s second UK BESS plant. Image: Voltalia.
France-headquartered renewable power producer Voltalia brought online a 32MW / 32MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) project in southern England in December, the company’s second UK battery project.
The lithium-ion BESS is located at Avonmouth, near Bristol, and consists of 16 modules, each with a capacity of 2MWh per unit.
Construction began in April of last year and it has been commissioned ahead of an expected date during the first quarter of 2022.
“The commencement of commissioning of the Hallen Battery Energy Storage Scheme is another success for Voltalia in this rapidly developing segment,” said Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia.
“We are very happy to support the energy transition in the United Kingdom, which is experiencing strong growth in renewable energies in its energy mix.”
The asset will play into several markets, providing frequency management, balancing and other ancillary services to the UK grid, locally and nationally. There is a strong market for these services in the UK, with the expansion of Dynamic Containment in 2021 as well as significant demand within the Balancing Mechanism due to volatility.
This story first appeared on Current±.