Centrica’s battery storage to unlock North Sea wind potential

Storage

United Kingdom – Centrica Business Solutions has obtained development rights for a fully consented battery storage plant in Aberdeenshire, which will help the Scottish North Sea make the most of renewable energy.

The site in Dyce, near Aberdeen, is near a North Sea offshore wind farm connection and will help manage network constraints by storing electricity when it is plentiful for times when it is not, improving the UK’s energy independence and reducing its reliance on fossil fuels.

Last year, the National Grid paid wind farm operators £244 million to shut down turbines that were threatening to overload the network, a process known as curtailment. One method of assisting in the utilization of that wasted energy resource is battery storage, which ensures that fewer green electrons are curtailed.

New opportunities

The 30MW 2hr Dyce battery storage plant will be able to store enough energy to power 70,000 homes for an hour once completed. This discharge can last for up to four hours each day.

Cragside Energy Limited, backed by Omni Partners, developed the project, which received planning approval in November 2021. The project is scheduled to go live in mid-2024; construction will take eight months and will coincide with the grid connection date.

Centrica Energy Assets will collaborate with Cragside Energy to identify new energy storage opportunities. Cragside Energy’s pipeline has grown to over 200MW, with a focus on low-carbon and flexible assets such as energy storage, solar, and peaking plant schemes. Centrica Energy Assets’ plan to deliver 900MW of solar and battery storage assets by 2026 includes this project. Centrica already owns and operates the Roosecote, Cumbria-based 49MW fast response battery.

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