Puredrive Energy Ltd, one of the UK’s leading battery storage companies, applauds the decision of one of the UKs leading companies, Scottish Power, to embrace battery power as way of storing power, maintaining the resilience and stability of the grid.
Scottish Power, which operates 215 turbines at the Whitelee wind farm on Eaglesham Moor, near Glasgow, is planning to build a huge “super battery” facility to store power generated by the wind farm, which will be one of the most forward-thinking sustainable projects in the UK to-date. Plans have been approved by the Scottish government approved to build the battery storage site on the edge of the Whitelee wind farm, with the facility being the biggest wind farm battery in the UK and the size of half a football pitch.
The new facility would support the resilience and stability of the electricity grid, even when the wind is not blowing. It will be able to achieve full charge in less than half an hour, with the battery capable of being fully discharged or used in bursts as and when required to keep the electricity network stable by balancing supply and demand.
Mark Millar, CEO and Co-founder of Puredrive Energy Ltd applauds the decision made by Scottish Power. “This makes sound economic sense, and a move we totally support. Storing power and using it when demand requires is the ethos of the ‘Puredrive Business Model’ and we hope that other energy companies quickly follow suit. With the Grid struggling to meet increased demands from new technology, such as electric and autonomous vehicles, battery storage systems herald the future and can provide the much-needed additional power supply to meet these rising demands. If today, we all drove an electric vehicle, the grid would ‘black out’ with insufficient power to meet the increased demand. Storing power for when we need it most is the way forward.”
“With battery storage technology making significant advances in recent years, robust systems are now available in the commercial sectors as well in the residential market that can help consumers to break dependency on the Grid. This being the ultimate ‘holy grail’ and not within the bounds of possibility for the average consumer, until now”, comments Mark Millar.
All UK power companies should generate energy from wind power instead of oil and gas, with renewable energy generation needing to quadruple, and with onshore wind being the cheapest form of green energy. By integrating energy storage technologies with onshore wind, we are ‘blowing away’ one of the myths about renewable generation not being available when you need it. Natural resources like wind and solar are variable in their very nature, and by using a battery we can ensure we optimise our ability to use the resource most effectively.
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