Wartsila inks contract with EDF for energy storage facility in UK

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Wartsila announced its contract with EDF Renewables UK and Ireland to deliver a new grid-scale energy storage facility in Sundon, Bedfordshire, UK.

The 50 MW / 100 MWh project, which will form part of a new Energy Superhub in the region, will help to support the transition to a decarbonised electricity system and accelerate the UK’s net zero future.

The new 50 MW / 100 MWh lithium-ion storage facility in Sundon can store enough electricity to power 100,000 homes for two hours, and it will support electric vehicle (EV) charging and the electrification of public transport.

Wartsila has provided its GridSolv Quantum system and GEMS Digital Energy Platform, in addition to the power conversion system and commissioning for the project. GEMS provides the data and insights to instruct trading parties and performance for comprehensive asset management.

Wartsila’s installed energy storage technology base in the UK exceeds 424 MWh. The prior projects with EDF Renewables (formerly Pivot Power) in Oxford and Kemsley in Kent were delivered in 2021, and two projects in Birmingham and Coventry are currently under construction.

In addition, Wartsila has delivered a number of other energy storage projects in the UK, including a 50 MW / 100 MWh project first site for SSE in Salisbury, and an islanded-grid project to balance renewables in Lerwick, on the Shetland Islands.