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Tesla Megapack and Tesla Autobidder AI enter the UK market. Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) and Harmony Energy have joined forces to launch their first UK battery system.
The project is operational from today, using six Tesla Megapack batteries with a combined capacity of 15 Mwh that make this development of one of the largest battery energy storage plants in the South of the UK. It will take advantage of the Tesla Autobidder AI software, Solar Power Portal reports.
Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) is a leading global developer of renewable energy solutions for a cleaner and more sustainable future. FRV´s business goal is to become a recognized leader and driver of the democratization of the renewable energy market.
FRV will work with British Harmony Energy on an energy storage project in Hall Bay, Poole, Dorset, to be used to provide flexibility to the power system.
Source: Solar Power Portal
Harmony Energy is a Yorkshire based independent developer of renewable energy assets. The company is focused on building, owning, and operating renewable assets from 500kW to 16MW across the UK to serve local businesses and the National Grid.
Peter Kavanagh, chief executive officer of Harmony Energy, said utility-scale battery energy storage is “critical to the future of the UK’s energy supply”.
It is “often seen as the missing link in the UK’s renewable energy strategy, both in terms of controlling grid frequency and providing backup during periods of peak demand and supply. We’re delighted to have worked closely with FRV and Tesla to complete this project, which is the first in our pipeline of battery energy storage plant to be built in the UK.”
Harmony Energy received permission to plan two major energy storage projects last year. In November 2019, the company received permission to create a 49.5 MW battery energy storage system at the Creyke Beck substation in Cottingham, not far from Hall.
In March, the company announced that another 49.5-megawatt battery storage system was advancing, and a site in Salisbury, Wiltshire, was receiving planning permission. Harmony now has 500 MW of batteries ready for construction in the UK, and another 200 MW are planned.
Hols Bay Energy Storage Project will be connected to the southern electricity distribution network and will be FRV's first step into the storage market.
Felipe Hernández, managing director of engineering and asset management of FRV, said: “Holes Bay will be the first project in a strategic energy storage pipeline [for FRV] to be launched globally. We are pleased to join together with Harmony Energy in this project that demonstrates the economic and technical feasibility of the battery energy storage system while supporting the development of UK’s strategic sustainable energy program.”