KORE Power to supply batteries for 20 MWh storage collaboration between ABB & Ecotricity in UK
KORE Power has announced that it will provide the batteries for a ground-breaking partnership between ABB and Ecotricity which advances the UK National Grid towards its 2050 Net-Zero goal.
The project also represents a key step for KORE Power in the rapidly growing UK market.
"KORE Power drives energy storage solutions that deliver a cleaner electricity sector. We share the vision of ABB and Ecotricity that renewable, reliable energy is the smart choice for business and the planet," said Lindsay Gorrill, Co-Founder, and CEO of KORE Power.
"This project demonstrates that our clean energy future has arrived."
ABB's grid-scale Battery Energy Storage Solution (BESS) will be installed at Ecotricity's existing 6.9 MW wind farm in Gloucestershire in 2023. The project will not only provide a material addition to the company's renewable energy offering but will also highlight the potential of short-term fast response technologies like BESS to add additional stability to the UK's National Grid, a crucial hurdle as it moves towards Net-Zero.
For the project, which will be co-located alongside Ecotricity's wind farm in Alveston, Gloucestershire, KORE will supply its Mark 1 energy storage modules equipped with its high energy density NMC pouch technology. KORE's Mark 1 system is fully certified under UN 38.3, UL 1973, and IEC 62619, and achieved UL 9540A. The system will deliver the ability to meet the project's goal to stabilize the grid while providing an effective way to capture clean energy.
The installation of ABB's eStorage MAX scalable BESS will help the company to manage its exposure to high spot-trading energy costs, as well as offering flexibility response to the National Grid as it transitions to Net-Zero. The BESS will be integrated with Ecotricity's Smart Grid platform and will use the company's proprietary optimization model to dispatch the battery energy storage according to system needs.
Mark Meyrick, Head of Smart Grids, Ecotricity, said: "We've been working towards our first grid-scale battery as we've been developing our Smart Grid platform – and we're looking forward to taking this next step with ABB. This project is a first for us and will enable us to manage demand for renewable energy, as well as develop a greater understanding of the deployment of storage for flexibility requirements."
"As the UK continues its journey to net-zero, ABB is excited to partner with Ecotricity and KORE Power on this 20 MWh grid-scale battery project, which will help to stabilize the grid. BESS is key to unlocking some of the challenges ahead, providing a highly effective way to capture clean energy and balance energy generation against the demand to build grid resilience," said Calogero Saeli, Global Product Group Manager, ABB Electrification Distribution Solutions.