June 12 (Renewables Now) - Fluence Energy LLC will supply battery systems for the first 60-MW phase of a 120-MW energy storage project of flexible distributed energy generator UK Power Reserve, the two companies said on Monday.
Fluence, the energy storage specialist formed by Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) and AES Corp (NYSE:AES), will provide three 20-MW of battery storage systems from its Advancion technology platform at sites in the Midlands and North West. The three facilities are planned to become operational in the winter season of 2018/19.
UK Power Reserve secured the 120-MW portfolio in the 2016 capacity market auction in the UK. The company, which was last month acquired by Singaporean energy group SembCorp Industries Limited (SGX:U96), said it intends to use the storage capacity to deliver flexibility and stability to the UK power grid.
“Battery storage will play an important part enabling the smart, flexible energy system of the future and UK Power Reserve is already front and centre as we bring our commitments online quickly and efficiently,” commented Sam Wither, head of UK Power Reserve.
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