Monday, 15 April 2013

Energy storage units

CUTTING edge electrical energy storage units are being installed across the North-East and Yorkshire as part of a multi-million pound project.

Led by Northern Powergrid, the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project is installing batteries which store electricity and release it into the grid when needed as a greener way of using energy.

Two are being sited at Wooler in Northumberland with four more across Darlington and Maltby, and all but one unit will be placed inside existing Northern Powergrid substations.

Ian Lloyd, the project’s manager, said: “This is one of the biggest and most important energy storage projects happening in the UK today, thanks to the scale of the installations and the diverse range of locations we’re using.”

He added: “We want to be in the position where we can create a ‘smarter powergrid’ and find cost-effective ways to manage the changing usage and generation needs of our customers.

The £54m project is the largest of its type in the UK and puts the region at the forefront of the UK’s drive to reduce carbon emissions.

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