Anesco and Limejump are to bring 185 MW of energy storage online by the end of 2018, creating the largest portfolio of energy storage in the UK.
The systems will play a significant role in balancing the grid through the capacity market, frequency response and wider market participation. Anesco recently strengthened its position as the UK’s leading energy storage provider, after connecting its twentieth utility scale battery unit, raising its active storage portfolio to 18.9 MW. The company will work in conjunction with Limejump to bring 185 MW of energy storage into the capacity market by August this year, joining Limejump’s Virtual Power Plant portfolio in playing an active role in Dynamic Frequency Response. This will provide the grid with a sub-second response to support supply and demand requirements.
“We’re delighted that our twentieth energy storage unit is now up and running” said Steve Shine, Anesco executive chairman. “It’s another fantastic milestone to have reached. At Anesco, we’ve long believed that energy storage is a vital part of any renewable energy generation system. That’s why we’ve pioneered its use for many years, working on ways to create a viable model for our customers to be able to implement the technology and start reaping the benefits. As well as aiding grid stability, energy storage can help maximise the use of renewable power being generated, while breeding a more resilient local grid. It’s an exciting time for the sector and we predict momentum will continue to grow, as more and more generators look to benefit from the technology.”
Erik Nygard, chief executive of Limejump, added that Anesco’s speed and expertise in developing energy storage projects is paving the way for this technology to become an integral part of the UK’s future energy mix. The key to bringing more storage online will be to optimise the revenue that can be earned by generators and developers, from securing a good price for power exported onto the grid, to participation in the full range of revenue-generating schemes such as the capacity market.
Limejump will commercially operate the portfolio within its Virtual Power Plant, providing Anesco projects with access to the full breadth of market opportunities and enabling more distributed generators and commercial assets to participate in grid balancing schemes. This will help to balance out more renewable generation on the grid, decreasing the UK’s reliance on large fossil fuel plants and offering a more cost effective solution to increasing renewables through cleaner, smarter technology.
Anesco’s latest developments join a wide range of generation and business assets and storage projects already operating within Limejump’s Virtual Power Plant. Limejump already operates the largest portfolio of energy storage projects in the UK, combining their speed of response with the flexibility of distributed generators and commercial assets to enable the full portfolio to participate in the UK’s only dynamic frequency response contracts.