Spanish solar project developer, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) – part of UAE-based Abdul Latif Jameel Energy – and British developer Harmony Energy have begun work on the largest battery energy storage project in the United Kingdom.
The 99 MW/198 MWh Clay Tye facility is being constructed near the M25 in Essex and will rely on Tesla Megapack lithium-ion batteries.
Clay Tye follows the completion of the joint 34 MW/68 MWh Contego battery energy storage facility near Burgess Hill in West Sussex, which has now come online with a system of 28 Tesla Megapack batteries. That was the second project in the U.K. to use the Tesla Megapack, after the Holes Bay project, also developed by FRV and Harmony Energy, in 2020.
The facilities will be connected to the UK Power Networks distribution network, which will allow energy storage and increase the flexibility of the U.K. national grid.
[Pilar Sanchez Molina]