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Anesco, Limejump partner to build 185MW energy storage portfolio in UK

CTBR Staff Writer Published 10 April 2017

Renewable energy developer Anesco will build an 185MW energy storage portfolio in the UK by end-2018.

The energy storage project will be jointly developed with electric utility Limejump. Once commissioned, the project is expected to become the largest portfolio of energy storage in the UK.

According to Anesco, the capacity will have an important role to play in balancing the national grid through the capacity market, frequency response and wider market participation.

The portfolio which will be commercially operated by Limejump has been slated to enter the capacity market in August.

Limejump CEO Erik Nygard said: "Limejump is proud to be commercially operating the Anesco projects within our Virtual Power Plant, providing them with access to the full breadth of market opportunities and enabling more distributed generators and commercial assets to participate in grid balancing schemes.

“This approach helps to balance out more renewable generation on the grid, decreasing the UK’s reliance on large fossil fuel plants and offering a more cost effective solution to increasing renewables through cleaner, smarter technology.”

The 185MW portfolio will join the Virtual Power Plant portfolio of Limejump and deliver a sub-second response to help meet the national grid’s supply and demand requirements.

Anesco executive chairman Steve Shine said: “At Anesco, we’ve long believed that energy storage is a vital part of any renewable energy generation system. That’s why we’ve pioneered its use for many years, working on ways to create a viable model for our customers to be able to implement the technology and start reaping the benefits.

Shine concluded that apart from helping grid stability, energy storage can make the most of the generated renewable power while growing a much stronger local grid.

Recently, the Reading-based cleantech company, Anesco connected its twentieth utility scale battery unit to grow its active storage portfolio to 18.9MW.

Image: Anesco's containerized energy storage system. Photo: courtesy of Anesco.