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AES Corp. began construction of its first advanced, battery-based energy storage facility in the United Kingdom. The Kilroot Advancion Energy Storage Array will provide 10 MW of interconnected energy storage, equivalent to 20 MW of flexible resource. The array is expected to begin operations by the end of 2015.
The development demonstrates a mix of international investment and energy expertise, alongside UK engineering and electrical skills. All installation work will be delivered by firms from Northern Ireland.
The Kilroot array will help balance supply and demand and support the all island transmission grid via system operator, SONI. The Advancion array will also enhance power supply, enable more efficient dispatch of existing power generation assets, and increase the ability to integrate renewable power sources.
The balance of plant contract was awarded to Belfast-based Scotts Electrical Services, who are using a variety of subcontractors from across Northern Ireland. Technical drawings, project management and health, safety and environmental oversight will come from Project Design Engineers, a company from Antrim. Switchboard manufacturing will be undertaken by R&R Electrical Engineering from Newtonwards. Carrickfergus based WC Anthony will provide all civil construction services. Heating, ventilation and air conditioning has been procured from AirCon in Belfast.
AES’ Advancion solution is built with pre-qualified battery technology from best-in-class suppliers and incorporates AES’ eight years of commercial experience with advanced energy storage and more than 30 years of experience in serving utilities around the world. Advancion is continuously available, without burning fuel, and is designed as a scalable resource, offering the ability to grow over time to meet future power needs.
Globally, AES has 86 MW of energy storage projects in commercial operation and has announced 260 MW of interconnected battery-based storage, equivalent to 520 MW of flexible power resource, in construction or late-stage development. AES’ other project plans in Europe include 10 MW of interconnected storage in the Netherlands, expected on-line this year.