GE and Arenko Group announced a strategic alliance to build grid scale energy storage systems in the UK, starting with a 41 MW battery energy storage system.
The two companies are calling this project one of the largest in the UK and should relieve pressure on the UK energy system and provide more flexibility. Going forward, GE and Arenko plan to build long-term commercial battery storage systems no reliant on subsidies and incentives.
“Energy storage will help balance supply and demand close to real time, avoiding frequency drifts and supporting the mid-term response to grid imbalances,” said Mirko Molinari, global commercial and marketing executive, Energy Storage at GE Power. “The flexibility it offers smooths the fluctuating nature of renewable energy, provides quick reserves when needed, stores excess energy generation and much more. Energy storage will enable a more efficient system for a more reliable supply of electricity to consumers.”
The project with Arenko, which was founded in 2014, will be GE’s 19th grid-scale commercial battery energy storage system, as well as the company’s largest.