4 March 2016
The owner of Britain’s biggest operating energy storage system has welcomed today’s infrastructure report highlighting the role that battery storage can play in efficiently meeting future electricity demand.
UK Power Networks’ Smarter Network Storage (SNS) facility, which is based at its substation in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, has already supported National Grid for more than 1700 hours and fed the local electricity network on more than 100 occasions – standing ready to provide power in the event of a national or local problem on the network.
The company owns and runs the electricity network in London, the South East and East Anglia.
Commenting on today’s Smart Power report from the National Infrastructure Commission, Suleman Alli, Strategy, Safety and Services Director at UK Power Networks, said: “Our ‘Big Battery’ in Leighton Buzzard is the first grid-scale storage of its kind, providing clarity to Distribution Network Operators and the industry of the real opportunities of this technology as well as identifying the barriers preventing its wider uptake.
“It’s fantastic to see energy storage gaining such high profile and thought by Government.”