Scottish Power is about to corner a significant amount of the UK's lithium stocks, as it's preparing to build a huge battery rated to store up to 50 MW of power.
The main goal is to buffer excess capacity generated from the Whitelee turbine bank, an onshore wind farm with 215 turbines that reaches a maximum power generation output of 539 MW on a bitter windy old day. Scottish Power says the eventual battery build will be around half the size of a football pitch, using the internationally accepted size comparison standard. The plan is to have it up and running by the end of 2020.
Scottish Power's chief exec Keith Anderson said: "By integrating storage technologies with onshore wind, we are blowing away one of the myths about renewable generation not being available when you need it. Natural resources like wind and solar are variable in their very nature, and by using a battery we can ensure we optimise our ability to use the resource most effectively." [STV]
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