ABB has won a contract from DONG Energy to provide a 2MW storage solution called a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to ‘support the integration and transmission of power from the Burbo Bank offshore windfarm near Liverpool, UK’.
The 90MW Burbo Bank wind farm, in operation since 2007, generates enough power for 80,000 homes, and will be the first offshore wind farm in the UK to integrate this new BESS system to stabilize the energy transmitted to the grid.
According to the press release: The UK’s National Grid operates a frequency level of 50 Hertz (Hz) to ensure grid stability and quality of power supplies. Grid frequency is dependent on the balance between power supply and load demand. Integration of large amounts of variable wind energy increases complexity from a supply perspective and can result in frequency variations that can affect grid supply and impact consumers. ABB’s BESS solution will help stabilize grid frequency and support the windfarm to supply reliable power.
Managing Director of ABB’s High Voltage Products business unit, a part of the company’s Power Grids division, Giandomenico Rivetti said, “We are delighted to implement this innovative solution which will enable the integration of clean wind energy, without compromising grid stability and power quality to consumers. Energy storage is playing a key role in the evolution of the power network and is a strategic focus area to reinforce our position as a partner of choice for a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”
Senior Vice President, Partnerships, M&A and Asset Management at DONG Energy, Ole Kjems Sørensen said, “The need for grid flexibility continues to grow. As a leader in providing low-carbon energy, we are keen to be part of the solution to make the energy system smarter and to help National Grid manage grid stability. This innovative solution we have developed with ABB is a good example of implementing our vision.”