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Siemens Energy awarded contracts to enable Uniper to provide grid stability services in Great Britain

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Siemens Energy has been awarded contracts by global energy company Uniper to deliver rotating grid stabilisation technology, which will enable Uniper to provide grid stability services to National Grid ESO, through generating inertia which helps balance grid frequency, without generating power.
Siemens Energy awarded contracts to enable Uniper to provide grid stability services in Great Britain
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Siemens Energy will supply and install two new custom designed synchronous condenser units at Uniper’s Grain combined cycle power plant in Kent. At Killingholme in Lincolnshire, the two Siemens’ steam turbine generators will be repurposed to enable synchronous condenser operation.

All new units will be supplied with state-of-the-art, custom designed, Siemens Energy rotating machines, flywheel, and control systems and will use the existing grid connections at each site.

Siemens Energy supported Uniper with front end engineering design across both sites, to ensure a custom technology solution was provided, and will be responsible for installation and commissioning across both sites, with both projects due to be operational in 2021.

“As the energy transition in Great Britain continues along a path toward a zero-carbon future, innovative products and solutions such as these are taking centre-stage” said Karim Amin, Executive Vice President, Generation, Siemens Energy. “And as GB’s electricity generation system moves to more decentralised, renewable power, projects like this which provide inertia without generating any power, will be even more important for the energy system of the future. We salute Uniper for their commitment to a more sustainable energy future.”

Steve Scrimshaw, Vice President, Siemens Energy Ltd UK&I, added that Great Britain is leading the way in integrating renewable power to replace fossil-based generation to decarbonise its electricity system and that to go further, the country will need to see more projects, like these, which enhance grid stability, and will ultimately enable the net zero goal to be achieved.

The services provided by Uniper under the Stability Pathfinder project will support National Grid ESO by helping balance the UK’s electricity system and help maintain the frequency at 50Hz.

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