Renewable IPP Voltalia begins construction of 32MW / 32MWh battery project in England
Paris-headquartered renewable energy power producer Voltalia has begun construction of a 32MW / 32MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) project in the UK.
Hallen, a lithium-ion battery asset, is to be located near the city of Bristol in the Avonmouth area of south-west England comprising 16 modules of 2MWh unit capacity each. These modules are to be stacked on site to optimise the surface used.
It is to operate across all markets providing frequency, balancing and other ancillary services to the national grid and local grid network.
Commissioning of the Hallen asset is scheduled for Q1 of 2022, with the project amounting to £15 million (US$20.85 million) in investments. It is not yet backed by long-term contracts.
Sébastien Clerc, CEO of Voltalia, said the new asset is in line with the company’s strategy of technological and geographical diversification and allows it to “capitalise on our experience in battery storage” which it acquired, in particular, with the commissioning in 2020 of what Clerc said is the largest storage complex in France, on the French Guiana island territory in November.