Yorkshire switches on Europe’s biggest battery energy storage system

THIS PICTURE: Aerial view of the Pillswood project --- SWNAbattery --- Elon Musk's Tesla are behind the switch on of Europe?s biggest battery energy storage system, located in East Yorkshire. An announcement Monday (21 Nov) said the system has enough electricity to power around 300,000 UK homes for two hours - and has been
Europe’s biggest battery energy storage system has been switched on near Hull (Credits: Harmony Energy / SWNS)

Europe’s biggest battery energy storage system has been switched on near Hull (Credits: Harmony Energy / SWNS)

Elon Musk’s Tesla are behind the switch on of Europe’s biggest battery energy storage system, located in East Yorkshire.

An announcement yesterday said the system has enough electricity to power around 300,000 UK homes for two hours – and has been ‘energised’ in time for winter.

Commenting on Twitter, Elon Musk wrote: ‘Tesla Megapacks are highly effective in addressing electricity demand spikes that cause power outages.’

Developed by Harmony Energy Limited, and employing a Tesla 2-hour Megapack system, the Pillswood project, near Hull, has the capacity to store up to 196 MWh (megawatt hours) of electricity in a single cycle.

Harmony Energy said: ‘The project will provide critical balancing services to the GB electricity grid network whilst also enabling the replacement of fossil fuels with renewable energy.’

The site is located adjacent to National Grid’s Creyke Beck substation, the same connection point proposed for phases ‘A’ and ‘B’ of the world’s largest offshore wind farm, Dogger Bank, which is set to go live on the first phase in Summer 2023.

The Pillswood project, near Hull, has the capacity to store up to 196 MWh (Credits: Harmony Energy / SWNS)

‘Batteries enable National Grid to maximise the efficiency of wind farms by reducing the amount of time a wind farm needs to be switched off, “curtailed”, due to supply/demand imbalances or network constraints,’ say Harmony Energy.

Construction of the Pillswood project has been managed by Tesla. The project was originally intended to become operational over two phases in December 2022 and March 2023, but the timetable has accelerated to enable both phases to energise this month, in time to support National Grid in its efforts to provide stable and secure power to UK …read more

Source:: Metro News

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