Wind power giant Ørsted to charge up first major battery project

One of the UK’s largest wind farm developers is preparing to charge up its first major battery storage project to help stabilise Britain’s power grid as more turbines begin to spin.

Denmark’s Ørsted, formerly known as Dong Energy, is nearing completion of the world’s largest wind farm and from next month will become one of Britain’s largest commercial battery developers too.

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The group will begin building the 20MW power storage project in Liverpool next month and hopes it will be able to provide National Grid with balancing services by the end of the year.

Matthew Wright, of Ørsted UK, said the group wants to remain “at the forefront” of Britain’s move towards low-carbon energy.

Ørsted, once an oil and gas company, has invested billions of pounds in building wind farms off Britain coast lines. The growth of onshore wind and solar power has also steadily grown in recent years as falling technology costs have made the projects more economic.

The renewables boom has fuelled demand for batteries which can make them more efficient by storing energy when it is abundant until it is needed. Even small batteries will be needed to play a role in regulating the frequency of the energy grid to keep the system stable.

Read more: Telegraph

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