We installed a 200kWh Li-Ion battery at an electricity substation site in Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, to understand the impact of small-scale electricity storage on a distribution network. The full name of the Hembsy project is ‘Demonstrating the benefits of short term discharge energy storage on a 11kV distribution network’.
Storage of energy is a concept that has been around for a long time however there are always new types of innovative technologies and devices emerging. We are investigating how these can be used store electricity on the distribution network and help us deliver benefits to customers.
Traditionally electricity cannot be stored like water can, but a battery breaks the link between how much electricity is generated and consumed. This could play a wider role across the country in the future.
The aim is to understand how electricity storage can help manage intermittent demand and generation. It is exploring electricity storage as an alternative to traditional network reinforcement.
We installed a 200kWh energy storage system in Hemsby, Norfolk, in April 2011. This Low Carbon Networks Fund first tier project is gaining practical experience with the device.
Our trial covers these points:
Battery technology is being tested to see how much electricity could be stored from local wind turbines when power generation exceeds demand, reduce voltage fluctuations and manage demand on the distribution network. The trial is exploring how electricity can be stored to overcome the challenge of intermittent power production from renewable sources.