Work at the site is moving on apace with the first phase of the integrated energy centre, entailing the installation of a 1 MWh rooftop solar system at GS Yuasa’s factory, which has already been completed. Approval has also been granted for the building of a wind turbine which will supply electricity directly to the site. The Energy Centre will be linked to an energy storage scheme with its ADEPT battery container bringing together the use of GS Yuasa’s lead acid and lithium batteries, thus offering optimum efficiency and flexibility when managing power across a micro-grid.
“The GSCS Energy Centre represents a step-change in the de-centralised distribution of low carbon and renewable energy” said Andrew Crossman, Director, Infinite. “The Rassau scheme aims to share the benefits of multi technology generation within the immediate community, providing discounted renewable power and reducing the CO2 emissions in the area.”
Shaun Gardner, Managing Director, GS Yuasa Manufacturing UK Ltd added that the project brings a number of benefits to the Ebbw Vale factory and the wider Rassau industrial estate.
“The unique combination of our lithium and lead-acid batteries, the latter of which are produced on site in South Wales, allows for the storage of greener energy, generated by either solar or wind, to be used at a later date” Mr Gardner said.
The centre is part of the Generation Storage Consumption Supply project (GSCS) and is one of up to seven local energy centre schemes in South and West Wales to be grant funded by The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Match funding of £5.5 million has been provided by Infinite’s funding partner, Albion Community Power. The total CAPEX for the schemes is £14.4 million with £8.9 million provided by the ERDF.
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