Local electricity grid owner UK Power Network’s (UKPN) battery storage facility in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, is to be managed by aggregator Limejump.
The battery is the largest of its kind in Britain, with a primary function is to import and store excess power from the grid, then support the local network during peak periods, especially during winter months. With a storage capacity of 10MWh, the battery is able to import or export continually 6MW of power for an hour and a half. Under Limejump’s management the battery will be able to quickly respond to fluctuations in the grid, which will be of particular use in balancing the grid when fluctuations from intermittent renewable power generation occur.
Erik Nygard, Chief Executive of Limejump, said: “We are pleased to be working with UK Power Networks on this exciting project. As the new aggregator for the site we are using our joint experience and expertise to future proof the battery. We believe the potential for batteries has only just begun, and they are set to become an integral part of the UK’s future energy mix”.