FRV Will Deploy Tesla Megapack Batteries for Its Second Utility-Scale Battery Project in the UK

published: 2020-12-03 18:30 | editor: | category: News

According to reports from various media outlets, Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV) announced recently that it has adopted Tesla’s Megapack for its second utility-scale battery project in the UK. Designated as “Contego”, the project is located near Burgess Hill in the county of West Sussex. It is designed to have a storage capacity of 68MWh and an output of 34MW. The funding and construction contracts for the project have been finalized.

The Contego project is the second utility-scale battery project that is the result of the partnership between FRV and Harmony Energy. Previously, they jointly developed the “Holes Bay” project that is located in the county of Dorset. Established in 2006, FRV is a multi-national entity with expertise in project design, project financing, EPC, and O&M. Harmony is a major renewable energy developer in the UK and has built solar power plants, wind farms, and energy storage facilities.

The Contego Project is set to begin construction this November. It is an array of 28 Megapack lithium-ion batteries. Furthermore, the management of the project will be handled by Autobidder—an AI software created by Tesla for providing real-time control and electricity trading.

The project is scheduled for completion in 2021. FRV expects it to be the largest battery storage plant to date in the UK by the time it is up and running.

The Contego project is an item in FRV’s strategy for growing its global portfolio of energy storage assets. As for the Holes Bay Project that was jointly developed by the two firms, it consists of six Megapack batteries that together have a storage capacity of 15MWh and an output of 7.5MW. Located in southern England, the Holes Bay Project entered operation this June and is now trading power in the EPEX spot market. It has also been incorporated to FFR and BM of the National Grid. The National Grid ESO launched the “wider access application programming interface (API)” for BM this September, and the Holes Bay Project was the first battery installation to establish connection with the interface. The wider access API offers a web-based approach for non-traditional participants of the BM market.

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