UK-first DC battery system begins construction
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The UK’s first DC-coupled grid-scale battery storage facility has begun construction in Chelveston, Northamptonshire.
The 25MW multiple hour duration system is the UK’s first direct-DC-coupled solar deployment where the solar and batteries share a common set of power conversion equipment. This will help improve overall energy output of the hybrid system while also optimising costs and increasing system reliability and flexibility.
The development is a collaboration between GE Renewable Energy and engineering firm Wykes.
Prakash Chandra, renewable hybrids CEO at GE Renewable Energy, said: “The world is increasingly moving to generate more dispatchable renewables using hybrid solutions – combining the power of standalone technologies like wind and solar with storage through controls and software, and this project is a further demonstration of GE’s capabilities in this space."