Newly approved Heysham battery storage project to boost offshore wind utilisation

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 27/05/2022 Kona Energy
Kona Energy has secured planning consent for its 200 MW battery storage facility in Heysham, Lancashire. When constructed, the project will be one of the largest in Europe.

Forming part of Kona’s wider 1 GW portfolio, the site is strategically located to participate in multiple energy markets. Situated at the landing point of six offshore wind farms, including the
Walney project, it aims to alleviate grid constraint, reduce energy bills and increase the utilisation of renewable energy.

As well as managing increasing grid constraints, the battery system aims to provide local grid services, in the form of inertia and reactive power support. It will

Kona Founder Andy Willis commented: “Roughly one billion pounds was spent in the last year curtailing energy from wind farms and other generators, replacing that need elsewhere - usually from fossil fuelled stations. Tackling this enormous waste of both money and energy is crucial. Further battery storage facilities will significantly reduce this burden and we are proud to be leading the way with the approval of such a critical project.

“This news is especially significant because the project is connecting on what the UK power industry refers to as the B7a constraint boundary. The B7a is one of the most constrained areas in the UK where wind farms and other low carbon technologies are regularly curtailed. As these constraint costs rise, projects like this are essential to relieving network congestion and reducing unnecessary waste.”