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Europe’s Largest Battery to Store Renewable Energy in Groundbreaking UK Trial
Posted By Tafline Laylin On July 29, 2013 @ 5:41 pm In clean tech,News,Renewable Energy | 2 Comments
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Three companies plan to install Europe’s largest battery at a UK substation in order to test improved renewable energy storage. Solar and wind are excellent, clean sources of energy – but they tend to be intermittent, which necessitates an energy storage solution to integrate the power into the grid. S&C Electric Europe , Samsung SDI  and Younicos  just announced a trial run of their new energy storage technology, which has received £13 million in support from UK taxpayers.
The new 6MW battery uses Lithium Manganese technology to improve long-term storage of energy derived from wind and solar generation. The battery will be installed at the Leighton Buzzard substation in Bedfordshire, which has the appropriate infrastructure for a successful trial run, including good grid connections, The Guardian reports .
“The major grid challenges from the UK’s decarbonisation can be met through energy storage’s inherent ability to reinforce the network. But currently there are limited large-scale energy storage  projects here, leaving a confidence gap,” Andrew Jones, managing director of S&C Electric Europe, told the paper.
He added, “This practical demonstration promises to show the strengths and limitations of storage and unlock its potential as a key technology for the transition to low carbon energy .”
A £18.7 million project, the trail run is not expected to produce any results until 2016.
Via The Guardian 
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