The UK will receive some further assistance as it prepares for the first full winter following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which triggered a worldwide energy crisis.
According to the project’s sponsor, Harmony Energy, the largest battery storage system in Europe went online on Monday in East Yorkshire.
According to Harmony Energy Director Peter Kavanagh, battery energy storage systems are crucial for realizing the full potential of renewable energy in the UK. With this particular system, Yorkshire will be highlighted as a pioneer in green energy solutions.
These initiatives, which are not funded by tax dollars, will make a significant contribution to the Net Zero transition as well as help the UK become less dependent on importing gas from abroad and secure its future energy supply.
According to BBC News, battery systems like this one function by storing the energy produced by renewable sources like solar and wind. The stored energy can be directed toward homes and businesses during times of heavy grid demand.
According to Harmony Energy, this facility can store 196-megawatt hours MWh of electricity per cycle, which is sufficient to power about 300,000 homes for two hours. According to the business, it was the largest battery of its kind in Europe by MWh.
In order to assist the UK’s National Grid in the middle of a continuing energy crisis that could become more difficult over the winter, the so-called Pillswood project was originally slated to go live over two phases in December 2022 and March 2023.
Gas shortages in Great Britain during the winter of 2022–2023 are very likely due to the conflict in Ukraine and the gas shortages in Europe. British energy regulator Ofgem warned in October that there was a chance that Great Britain would experience a gas supply emergency as a result, according to a report from BBC News at the time.
Gas provides between 40 and 60 percent of the UK’s electricity; it’s unclear whether a shortage would result in blackouts or energy rationing.
To thank Tesla, G2 Energy, and Northern Powergrid for their efforts in completing the project ahead of schedule despite a very difficult geopolitical and global supply chain environment, Kavanagh said in a statement. “All stakeholders have recognized the importance of achieving energization for this project ahead of winter.
The company also oversaw the station’s construction and will manage its operation using its algorithmic trading platform Autobidder. The station runs on a Tesla two-hour Megapack system. The Creyke Beck substation of the National Grid is close to the Pillswood project, which is situated close to Hull.
According to BBC News, this substation will serve as the first stop for energy from Dogger Bank, the largest offshore wind farm in the world that is expected to go online in the North Sea this decade. In the summer of 2023, the first phase will begin, according to Harmony Energy.
In order to minimize the worst effects of the climate catastrophe, energy storage projects like Pillswood are crucial because they can fill in the gaps in energy generation from weather-dependent technologies like wind and solar, according to TNW.
According to calculations made by the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE), the EU will need to store roughly 200 gigawatts (GW) by 2030 and 600 GW by 2050.