Two-year Firm Frequency Response contract with National Grid along with T4 Capacity Market contract
Eelpower Limited (“Eelpower”) has commissioned its 10MW Leverton battery storage facility near Lincoln. It is one of the first cohort of large batteries that will provide frequency response balancing services to National Grid with effect from January 1st 2018. The Leverton storage facility is Eelpower’s first storage project to be commissioned in the UK; the company secured a Firm Frequency Response contract in October 2017 and had already entered into a fifteen year T-4 Capacity Market contract starting in October 2020.
Leverton is connected to Western Power Distribution’s East Midlands grid and configured as a 10MW stand-alone energy barn using lithium-ion based energy storage system from Shenzhen-based BYD. Construction of the whole project was completed within 18 weeks by Reading-based contractor Anesco.
Mark Simon, Chief Executive of Eelpower said: “Leverton is the first of a pipeline of battery storage projects that Eelpower plans to build and operate over the next three years. They will support the Grid, underpin security of supply and help reduce energy costs for customers, in particular for businesses that are major energy users.”
Eelpower is a sister company to Barn Energy which has financed and built three river hydro projects in Yorkshire over the past two years, most recently a 500kW scheme on the River Aire near Knottingley. Barn Energy is installing battery units at two of its hydro schemes at Thrybergh near Rotherham and at Knottingley, down river from the recently-closed Ferrybridge coal-fired power station.
The management team at Eelpower were among the first to build ground-mounted solar PV farms in the UK and subsequently installed the first co-located battery at Slepe Farm solar PV site in 2014. Slepe Farm in Dorset has since successfully delivered flexible power to the grid for three winters.