Renewable energy centre powered by lead and lithium batteries launched
GS Yuasa has announced plans to pair renewable energy with a dual chemistry battery energy storage system at its Ebbw Vale factory in Wales. This will form part of Wales’ first dual chemistry energy centre. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the unique integrated energy centre already showcases the benefits of using complementary battery technologies to drive Europe’s green energy ambitions.
GS Yuasa announced its partnership with the renewable energy company, Infinite, late last year. Both Infinite and GS Yuasa, along with partner Albion Capital, are set to launch their first Energy Centre at the Rassau industrial estate in South Wales.
The centre is part of the Generation Storage Consumption Supply project (GSCS) and is one of up to seven local energy centre schemes in South and West Wales to be grant funded by The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). Match funding of £5.5m has been provided by Infinite’s funding partner, Albion Community Power. The total CAPEX for the schemes is £14.4m with £8.9m provided by the ERDF.
The combination of wind turbines, solar photovoltaics and battery storage will provide reliable, cost efficient and greener power directly to the customer.
The first phase of the unique integrated energy centre, the installation of a 1 MWh rooftop solar system at GS Yuasa’s factory, has already been completed. The installation features nearly 3,000 solar panels supported by a lead and lithium battery energy storage system. Approval has also been granted for the building of a wind turbine which will supply electricity directly to the site. The Energy Centre will be linked to an energy storage scheme with its ADEPT battery container bringing together the use of GS Yuasa’s lead and lithium batteries, thus offering optimum efficiency and flexibility when managing power across a microgrid.
Welsh Government Minister for Climate Change, Julie James said: “Climate change is at the heart of our decision making and we are committed to accelerating the transition to a low carbon energy system in Wales. The GSCS Energy Centre, alongside the other EU funded local energy schemes, will play an important role in driving action towards our ambition for a more sustainable future for Wales, by providing the benefits of cost-effective, more reliable green energy to local businesses and communities across South and West Wales.”
Andrew Crossman, Director, Infinite says: “The GSCS Energy Centre represents a step change in the decentralised distribution of low carbon and renewable energy. The Rassau scheme aims to share the benefits of multi technology generation within the immediate community, providing discounted renewable power and reducing the CO₂ emissions in the area.”
Shaun Gardner, Managing Director, GS Yuasa Manufacturing UK Ltd added: “The project brings a number of benefits to our Ebbw Vale factory and the wider Rassau industrial estate. The unique combination of our lithium and lead batteries, the latter of which are produced on site in South Wales, allows for the storage of greener energy, generated by either solar or wind, to be used at a later date.”
Originally published by the Consortium for Battery Innovation.
Cover image: the installation of a 1 MWh rooftop solar system at GS Yuasa’s factory features nearly 3,000 solar panels, supported by a lead and lithium battery energy storage system. Photo credit: GS Yuasa.