Developer of award-winning optoelectronic technologies and manufacturer of solid-state lighting products, Plessey, has announced the opening of a new 2MW behind the meter (BTM) battery storage solution at its site in Plymouth, Devon.
The 2 MW Tesla battery project was officially opened at a ceremony on 5th June, with attendees including Professor Deborah Greaves (Head of the School of Engineering and the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics) at Plymouth University.
The battery is controlled by KiWi Power’s proprietary hardware and software platform called KiWi Fruit. The battery power will earn revenue by fulfilling a frequency response balancing contract with National Grid and help to reduce energy costs for Plessey by providing optimal peak-shaving of power supply in response to fluctuations in demand. Amber Infrastructure Limited provided funding for the project.
The project was completed by smart energy management services provider KiWi Power. It follows KiWi Power’s success in building two other BTM battery storage systems in the UK. The company is targeting an extensive roll-out of similar BTM projects for high energy users particularly in the commercial and industrial sectors.
“This installation is further proof of KiWi’s ability to develop, build and operate fully-funded BTM batteries” said Yoav Zingher, CEO of KiWi Power. “The Plessey BTM battery follows the success of our other battery projects and is highly complementary to the revenue earning services we already provide to large energy users through demand side response.”
Mike Snaith, Operations Director of Plessey Semiconductors, added that the project is one of the first BTM installations of this type in the UK and that batteries are an increasingly necessary part of the decarbonisation of the UK’s electricity supply.
Plessey specialises in the development and licensing of technologies that are revolutionising the solid-state lighting sector, while KiWi Power is a demand response aggregator that has played a key role in the UK and internationally since 2009, developing, constructing and monetising battery energy storage systems since 2013 and now has a large portfolio of assets under management in the UK and Europe.