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SSE begins BESS construction in North of England

ECA Member SSE Energy has begun building a Battery Energy Storage Site (BESS) in West Yorkshire.

The project, which is located at the company’s former Ferrybridge coal-fired power station, is being developed in conjunction with battery technology supplier Sungrow Power Supply and construction partner OCU Services. The site will be able to provide the grid with 300MWh of flexible capacity for two hour periods. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2024. 

Richard Cave-Bigley, director of solar and battery at SSE Renewables, said: “We’re breaking new ground with our first battery at an existing SSE site. Ferrybridge used to be a coal site; but today we’ve evolved to building a 150MW flexible battery asset that can store the energy we need to help get to net zero.”

Lewis Li, president of Sungrow Europe, added: “Sungrow is proud to supply our liquid cooled energy storage system, the PowerTitan, to this landmark project. We are excited for what is to come with our partnership with SSE Renewables as we work towards maximising the profitability for the project with cutting-edge products and services.”

The Ferrybridge project will become SSE Renewables’ second battery storage project in delivery with the company already constructing a 50MW project in Salisbury.

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Last updated 24 August 23