Origami prepares 50 MW Gresham House batteries for post-EFR markets

Energy technology platform Origami has partnered with UK energy storage fund Gresham House Energy Storage Fund (GRID) and battery optimiser Habitat Energy Ltd to prepare battery assets with a combined capacity of 50MW to participate initially in the Dynamic Containment (DC) and Wholesale Markets.
Origami prepares 50 MW Gresham House batteries for post-EFR markets
Cleartor battery. Courtesy of Gresham House Energy Storage Fund.

The 40 MW Glassenbury A and 10 MW Cleator projects will participate in frequency response and wholesale markets following the discontinuation of National Grid’s Enhanced Frequency Response (EFR) service.

In the fast-moving energy storage space, the canvas for ancillary grid services is in constant flux. To maximise the lifetime value of storage assets, owners need to be confident that their assets will be able to earn revenues by being dynamically optimised across the constantly changing ‘full-stack’ of revenue opportunities.

With the discontinuation of EFR, a service in place since late 2016, numerous battery assets throughout the UK require upgrades to participate in the new markets that are replacing it - such as Dynamic Containment (DC), Dynamic regulation (DR) and in the near future, Dynamic Moderation (DM).

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc is responding to this shift by using Origami’s platform at its 40 MW Glassenbury A and 10 MW Cleator projects, to manage the extraction and orchestration of operational data from the assets, enabling their participation in Dynamic Containment for the first time.  The move also future-proofs the assets’ ability to switch seamlessly between other current and emerging ancillary markets.

To make the assets compatible with DC, Origami is providing a combination of specialist router hardware installation and software interfacing, which will allow precisely controlled readings on battery output, capacity, and condition to be generated up to 20 times a second. Having fully integrated with the Origami platform, battery optimiser Habitat Energy will use this data stream to control and optimise the batteries on behalf of Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc.

“As the door closed on EFR, we needed to make some changes to access new markets” said Ben Guest, Fund Manager of Gresham House Energy Storage Fund plc and Managing Director of New Energy at Gresham House. “By using Origami’s platform, and ensuring compatibility with our trading partner’s systems, we’ve enhanced the visibility and flow of data from the sites.  This means higher revenue potential today and greater agility when considering future revenue options.”

Dan Hodges, Head of Commercial at Origami, added that in a market segment as dynamic and valuable as energy storage, asset owners face an ongoing challenge to avoid assets becoming temporarily stranded and that with the right digital infrastructure in place, these risks can be managed very effectively through swift, data-enabled actions.

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Origami Energy

Gresham House Energy Storage Fund

Tags: Storage , Grid
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