Plessey announces the opening of a new 2MW behind the meter (BTM) battery storage solution installed at its flagship manufacturing and R&D site in Plymouth, Devon. The project was completed by KiWi Power, one of the UK’s leading providers of smart energy management services.
This project follows KiWi Power’s success in building two other BTM battery storage systems in the UK. The company is targeting an extensive roll-out of similar BTM projects for high energy users particularly in the commercial and industrial sectors.
The 2MW Tesla battery is controlled by KiWi Power’s proprietary hardware and software platform called KiWi Fruit.
The battery power will earn revenue by fulfilling a frequency response balancing contract with National Grid and help to reduce energy costs for Plessey by providing optimal peak-shaving of power supply in response to fluctuations in demand. Amber Infrastructure Limited provided funding for the project.
An official opening ceremony of the 2MW BTM battery was held on 5 June with attendees including Professor Deborah Greaves (Head of the School of Engineering and the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics) at Plymouth University.
Tom O’Shaughnessy of Amber Infrastructure said: "Behind the Meter battery technology makes huge sense for large energy users. As part of our strategy for the creation of pathfinding sustainable energy projects we hope the BTM battery here at Plessey will encourage further development of BTM projects increasing the flexibility of the electricity network”