The first significant installation of Tesla ‘Powerpack’ batteries in Europe by Camborne Energy Storage has been formally opened by the Energy Minister, Baroness Neville Rolfe in Somerset.
The company says such storage technologies have great potential to support electricity generated from renewable technology such as wind and solar farms. It does this by storing energy from these farms so they are able to supply generation on to the electricity network when the wind isn’t blowing or the sun isn’t shining. It adds that these new batteries located with a solar farm will allow enough clean, low carbon electricity to be delivered to the electricity network for 500 homes when it is needed.
Tesla says new advances in technologies like batteries have the ability to offer solutions across the low carbon sector, from electric cars to smoothening electricity supply from intermittent energy sources like solar farms.
The Government aims to harness the potential of storage, and other flexible technologies to create a smart, efficient and productive electricity system, capable of delivering a low carbon energy future.
Energy Minister, Baroness Neville-Rolfe said, “We welcome this exciting project from Tesla and Camborne. Innovation in storage technologies will help manage our electricity grid more efficiently, support greater energy security and, crucially, drive down consumer bills.
“Our forthcoming industrial Strategy will build on this work further, working with businesses to ensure the UK continues to be at the forefront of low-carbon technology, creating the conditions for future success.”
Dan Taylor – Managing Director, Camborne Energy Storage Ltd added, “Camborne is pleased to have developed Europe’s first Tesla grid scale installation by co-locating with a solar farm in Somerset. This project is already commercially operational providing low carbon power during times of high demand.
“Our first co-located site is an early step in the right direction, both for Camborne and for the industry and we look forward to continuing to deliver further low carbon power to the UK.”