First battery storage project commissioned

  • Posted: 22 Nov 2021

Wicken is now fully operational and providing much needed flexibility to the grid as we work towards a zero-carbon future.

Work on our first battery storage project near Milton Keynes is complete, with the 5MW battery now delivering 1.49 hours, or 7.45MWh, of electricity to the national and local electricity grid. Wicken has qualified for the capacity market and will generate additional income from flexibility services and electricity trading.

The battery will provide important flexibility to the UK energy system, as the country looks at how it can scale up renewable deployment in the wake of COP26. Helping to balance the variability that comes from natural sources such as wind and solar, the battery is charged when clean energy is abundant and exports it back to the grid during peak times.

Battery projects such as Wicken will play a supporting role in the UK’s efforts to decarbonise the electricity system by 2035, while we are also invested in a 20MW project at Feeder Road in Bristol – which is expected to commence operations in 2022.

"We’re really pleased to have commissioned our first battery project – a milestone for Thrive, which has also allowed us to further diversify our portfolio including wind, hydro, solar, geothermal and renewable heat. Battery storage will play a significant role in the UK’s journey towards a clean energy future, so we look forward to the additional opportunities storage has to offer and supporting the deployment of renewables across the country. Monika Paplaczyk, Investment Director, Thrive Renewables

"It’s fantastic to have completed the build and reached the commission stage – a hugely exciting step which will bring much needed additional capacity to the local distribution network. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in getting the project to this stage – from the contractors building the site through to the landowner who is hosting the project.” Lisa Clark, Project Manager, Gridsource

"It has been great to be involved in the development of this battery site, especially as it is supporting much needed renewable capacity in the area. We were also able to use local contractors for the build, which is really important if we’re going to ensure a just transition.” – Kelvin Ruck, Managing Director, G2 Energy

Thrive would like to thank all those involved in the development and continued operation of this project including Gridsource, G2, Habitat and the site landlord.