Sembcorp Industries plans to build Europe’s largest battery energy storage system in UK

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Sembcorp Industries’ wholly owned subsidiary Sembcorp Energy UK (SEUK) plans to build Europe’s largest battery energy storage system in the U.K., the Singapore-listed energy infrastructure company said in a filing to SGX Tuesday.

SEUK’s project is for a 360 megawatt battery at its site at Wilton International on Teesside, in a move to support the U.K.’s net zero targets and to bolster the resilience of the electricity network and the growth of renewable energy, the filing said.

The available land and connections will allow the batteries to be installed quickly, in tranches, the filing said.

Currently, SEUK operates 70MW of batteries, with another 50MW set to be operational in early 2022, Sembcorp said.

“As one of the U.K.’s largest battery portfolios, the units can supply power and other services to the national grid in a matter of milliseconds, and such rapid response time is crucial to maintaining a secure and stable energy system that will aid the U.K.’s low-carbon transition,” Sembcorp said.

“The plans for both this battery portfolio expansion, and the first-of-a-kind 300MW net zero emissions plant – Whitetail Clean Energy – announced in July 2021, align SEUK’s growth with technologies that support a greener future. Should all these developments proceed, SEUK’s total energy portfolio would be expected to total over 1.6GW, with almost half a gigawatt being supplied by batteries,” the company added.