Plans unveiled to construct a £1 billion battery storage facility in the North East of England

A huge project has been announced for Teesworks that would develop Europe’s largest battery storage facility.  Teesworks Ltd has come to an agreement with NatPower UK for the project, building a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in the Long Acres area of the site.

The facility, which will be spread across 50 acres, will allow up to 1000 Megawatts (MW) of extra renewable energy to be shared to the grid and sources say it will also home an electric vehicle charging facility as part of the project.

Europe's largest battery storage facility

Battery storage systems are hugely important in the pursuit of renewables, as they enable the energy from the likes of solar and wind to be stored and then released when power is needed. This means that even when the sun may not be shining or it’s not a windy day, homes and businesses can be powered by stored green energy.

Teesworks Development Director Matt Johnson confirmed the investment at the UK’s Real Estate Infrastructure and Investment (UKREiiF) in Leeds on Wednesday. He stated: “We are delighted to be able to announce this agreement. This is another fantastic vote of confidence in Teesworks and our mission to bring the latest cutting-edge renewable energy projects to the Tees Valley at scale. Battery storage forms a vital part of the green energy jigsaw so the prospect of Teesworks being home to the largest facility of its kind in Europe is a truly exciting one.”

This new agreement isn’t the only renewable project set to arrive at the site. There are plans for blue and green hydrogen production plants along with the ‘Net Zero Teesside’ carbon capture utilisation and storage project, which are currently in the works.

NatPower UK is in the process of overseeing the largest clean energy development programme in the UK, which aims at bridging the gap between clean energy generation and distribution, with large scale intermittent clean energy demand. These plans predict to bring over 60 Gigawatt hours (GWh) of battery storage online in the UK by 2040. This project is just one of the company’s many plans to become the largest and fastest growing global energy transition enabler.

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