Wartsila, a technology company, will work with SSE, a low-carbon energy company, to build a 50 MW/100 MWh energy storage facility in Salisbury (Wiltshire). SSE’s new battery and solar division will connect the battery directly to the transmission network.
This will allow for reliable, clean energy and balance the intermittent nature of renewables. Wartsila received the order in April 2022. The system is expected to be operational in September 2023.
This partnership is a significant step on the UK’s journey to net zero. It is not only the first grid-scale battery installation by SSE. However, it will allow the UK to increase energy storage in order to reach its ambitious renewable energy goals.
The UK’s energy storage system will provide reliable services, such as wholesale market trading to support its national grid. This is crucial in order to balance renewable energy generation throughout the day.
The UK has seen its energy storage capacity double in the last year. This shows the importance of energy flexibility, as the UK increases its renewable energy generation.
Wartsila supports SSE in its ambitions for energy storage systems and thus enables more British energy consumers access to secure renewable energy. This will reduce costs and lower carbon emissions.