Arlington has expanded its battery storage portfolio by acquiring an existing diesel plant asset to convert to energy storage, capable of exporting/importing 20MW. As the UK accelerates its efforts to achieve net zero, opportunities to displace old, CO2 emitting technology with new, clean energy systems is critical.
Arlington is actively looking to continue this repowering strategy to complement its vast development pipeline of new battery storage projects. This project will be put into construction alongside the most recently transacted 38MW of sites that Arlington developed and have now progressed into construction.
According to the BBC, a 20MW diesel plant is expected to consume 1m litres of diesel a year whereas energy storage technology is designed to import electricity at times of over-supply (high wind/solar) and export at peak demand, making the system far more efficient by helping to better utilise renewable power.
Although battery storage is only able to discharge for a set duration, typically 1 hour, the benefit to National Grid of such fast-reacting technology (<1 second) makes it a critical tool to achieve both a secure and efficient network. Energy storage is currently designed to complement other forms of flexible generation, empowering the UK to deploy the significant levels of renewables it requires.
Arlington is a specialist developer who focuses on managing all areas of a project’s life cycle, from site sourcing, through construction and into asset operation. With experience in building multiple large-scale assets, Arlington is excited to continue to develop, build and manage flexible energy assets in the UK. An early adopter and leader in the sector, Arlington is vastly experienced in energy storage and has helped to shape a bankable blueprint for all of its assets.