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FRV and Harmony Energy to develop second utility scale battery project in UK

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Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV),part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, is developing a second battery project, in partnership with UK developer Harmony Energy, as part of a strategic energy storage pipeline to be launched globally.

Construction of the 34 MW/68 MWh Contego project is scheduled to begin this month near Burgess Hill in West Sussex, United Kingdom. When completed in2021, it will be one of the largest energy storage batteries in the UK, with a system of 28 Tesla Megapack lithium-ion batteries, using Tesla’s Autobidder AI software for real-time trading and control.

Contego will be linked to the UK Power Networks distribution network, having the capacity to store electricity from renewable sources and providing peak-time reliability to the UK National Grid as part of the country’s continued move away from fossil fuels.

This is a new Joint Energy Battery Storage Project between Harmony Energy, which develops, owns and operates renewable energy assets throughout the UK, and FRV, following the successful completion of a 7.5 MW/15 MWh battery plant in Holes Bay, Dorset.

Holes Bay, which also used Tesla’s Megapack batteries, has been working on the EPEX spot market, the Firm Frequency Response (FFR) and the Balancing Mechanism since June 2020. The site was the first to go live on the National Grid’s new wider access application programming interface (API) for the Balancing Process.

“The completion of Holes Bay and now closing the funding and construction contracts for Contego are exciting developments – particularly considering the added challenges of developing these projects during the current pandemic.

“There is real momentum in the development of subsidy-free, utility scale battery storage in the UK as we continue the shift towards a greener economy. The value of battery storage in providing flexibility to the grid continues to increase as the UK’s penetration of renewable energy grows.

“With support from FRV and Tesla, Harmony Energy is at the forefront of this shift. We have more than 500MW of battery energy storage plants construction-ready in the UK, and we are excited to be able to start work on this next scheme alongside FRV.”

Peter Kavanagh, CEO of Harmony Energy.

“Contego continues FRV’s projection in the storage systems sector and it will become one of the most advanced and innovative storage systems in the UK. We are pleased to keep working together with Harmony Energy to further develop our activities and demonstrate FRV’s commitment and interest in the development of the UK’s strategic sustainable energy program.”

Mikel de Irala, managing director of MEA and UK for FRV.

“This project, which is the second to be developed in less than a year in the UK, proves our commitment in the country and our continuous support towards its transition to a decarbonized energy system. In the near future, we aim to keep growing our energy storage pipeline, not only in the UK, but also in all those markets where we have a presence.”

Felipe Hernández, managing director FRV-X & engineering.

Abdul Latif Jameel Energy, through FRV, and Harmony Energy are jointly committed to playing a fundamental role in the UK’s energy storage sector. With the launch of Contego, our second project together, we are determined to shape a sustainable and renewable energy model as part of the UK’s ongoing transition from fossil fuels.”

Fady Jameel, deputy president & vice chairman of Abdul Latif Jameel.
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