· A UK first for battery-based smart demand management
· Battery to be operational within six months
· Larger roll out of behind-the-meter batteries planned for UK and Europe
London, UK 10th Ocotber 2017 - KiWi Power, a leader in smart energy management services in the UK, has won a National Grid contract to build a pioneering behind-the-meter battery, the first of its kind in the UK.
The lithium ion 4MW battery has been developed and financed by KiWi Power and will be located at Cenin Renewables, a 20-acre renewable energies site at Parc Stormy in Bridgend, South Wales. It will sit within Cenin’s cluster of integrated clean technologies which includes a low carbon cement facility, 3,000 PV solar panels, an anaerobic digestion plant and a wind turbine.
The battery should be up and running by February 2018 with the launch a significant milestone for KiWi Power as well as in the application of smart battery technology in the UK.
Smart battery technology aims to improve the efficiency of the supply and consumption of electricity particularly during times of peak demand. It allows large power users to harness energy storage with no upfront investment or risk, helping them to reduce bills and carbon footprint.
KiWi Power has been awarded the National Grid contract following its successful management of Northern Power grid’s 2.5MW battery facility at Rise Carr substation, Darlington, as well as UKPN’s 6MW Leighton Buzzard battery.
The company will manage the battery at Parc Stormy and has begun an extensive roll-out of similar behind-the-meter batteries across the UK within the commercial and industrial sectors.
KiWi has already established a significant presence in the UK as a leading Demand Side Response (DSR) aggregator with over 300MW of assets under management, enabling large scale users to optimise their consumption patterns and achieve significant reductions in their energy costs.
The company has invested heavily in battery technology which will augment its existing DSR capability and significantly improve customers’ energy management in a cost effective and environmentally friendly way.
Martyn Popham Director of Cenin said:
“We are pleased KiWi chose to invest at our Parc Stormy site in Bridgend which is another important step in our goal to demonstrate that by integrating renewable generation on one site you can deliver a reliable sustainable power source whilst providing much needed local economic development.”
Yoav Zingher, CEO of KiWi Power said:
“KiWi Power is delighted to bring the benefits of battery technology to high energy users without them having to invest in the battery. This is a major first not just for us at KiWi but for the UK energy sector as a whole. We are able to offer similar fully financed batteries so companies can optimise their energy usage, go green and earn money.”
“The UK is slowly waking up to the potential of flexibility and battery energy storage’s role in that. By applying Demand Side Response (DSR) techniques widely used elsewhere in the world, the UK could save nearly 10 GW of demand – roughly equivalent to three Hinkley Point C nuclear power stations.”
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About KiWi Power
KiWi Power is the UK’s leading demand response aggregator and has been a key player in the UK and internationally since 2009.
Combining proprietary hardware and software, KiWi Power’s experienced team delivers significant commercial returns and sustainability benefits to large consumers of electricity, utilities and grid operators.
We are passionate about driving innovation in technology to create efficiencies, generate commercial opportunities and promote a green agenda. We work confidently with policy makers and system and network operators, navigating the energy landscape to provide clients robust and best in class technology and hardware.
Demand response is a unique and powerful application using technology to reduce electricity consumption at peak times across industrial and commercial sites. This creates a greener, more cost- effective grid; reduces the need for inefficient backup power stations and provides vital balancing requirements and security of supply to system operators and end user sites.
KiWi Power’s innovative approach is leading the way in evolving the UK demand response market as well as influencing the design, build and operation of demand response programmes around the world.
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The Cenin Group of companies was set up to invest in clean technologies and energy generation and to follow the examples of some of the leading projects in Europe.
Building on South Wales’ heritage as a coal and electricity producer, the Cenin philosophy encourages local economic activity by stimulating investment that harnesses and integrates the principality’s natural resources.
Cenin Renewables is part of Cenin Group which hosts a cluster of renewable technologies that delivers low carbon sustainable energy to the local community at a competitive cost.
Located at Parc Stormy near Bridgend, the site features Solar PV, Wind, Anaerobic Digestion as well as a low carbon cement factory supported by mineral research laboratories.
A wind turbine stands 100 metres high and the site has nearly 3,000 solar panels. The site also features the UK’s first purpose-built, low-cost energy house, capable of exporting more energy to the national electricity grid than it uses, designed and created by the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University.
The Anaerobic Digestion plant operating from the site is owned and operated by Agrivert and was opened by the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones in 2016.
It is the first of its kind in Wales, with the plant converting food waste and organic matter into biogas which fuels an electricity generator producing a constant 3.2MW of electricity 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year, enough to power 5900 local homes.
Surplus heat is fed to Cenin’s low carbon cement plant for use in the minerals drying process, while organic digestate is piped to a neighbouring farm for use as an organic fossil-free fertilizer.