£10m energy storage plant gets the go-ahead

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 27 Nov 2017

PLANS have been approved for a £10 million battery storage facility in Grimsby.

Green Hedge Energy UK is behind the proposal to significantly enhance the sub-station in Magnolia Street, off Spring Bank.

Work looks likely to begin next year on the 30MW facility, to charge overnight when grid demand is low, then feeding back in at peak times. 

It is part of a new era of solutions to bring grid consistency in light of the increasing contribution of variable generating sources, such as wind and solar. 

Roland Billington, head of planning at Green Hedge, said: “We are delighted to have been granted planning permission for our energy storage facility on Magnolia Street.

“We would like to thank everyone for their feedback and support and to Grimsby for welcoming us so warmly. 

“Energy storage is providing a really important role in helping the UK transition to cleaner energy sources, such as wind and solar, and away from fossil fuels.  It is also helping make the national grid more efficient, which cuts our electricity bills and reduces the risk of power cuts.

“We hope to begin work later in 2018.”

Batteries are to be located within a new building on a site next to the existing sub-station, where overhead cables from pylons coming into the town via Freshney Parkway – from the National Grid sub-station between Great Coates and Aylesby – terminate.

Green Hedge is a London and Bath-based business, established in 2010. It has developed and realised more than 20 solar farms across the UK and some internationally, with a total installed capacity of more than 200MW. It has pioneered the Energy Barn concept of battery energy storage housed in steel-framed buildings, and has a large and diversified portfolio of grid-scale battery energy storage projects.

The electricity storage system housed inside the building consists of racks of lithium-ion batteries, inverters and transformers, connected to the electricity distribution system at 11, 33, 66 or 132kV with switchgear in a small substation. 

It comes as Tiger Energy Management Ltd brings another scheme forward for a vacant yard off Kiln Lane Industrial Estate. It has an application in now with North East Lincolnshire Council, for land off Netherlands Way, with a 25m by 6m control building and 20 container-size battery units. 

Both would be remotely operated, with a small number of jobs created to service and maintain across a cluster of plants.

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