Ecotricity to pilot energy storage technology

Independent supplier Ecotricity has announced plans to trial an energy storage project in the UK. The 2.5MW system will be installed just a few metres away from its head office […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Independent supplier Ecotricity has announced plans to trial an energy storage project in the UK.

The 2.5MW system will be installed just a few metres away from its head office in Stroud.

That’s around the same output as a large wind mill and enough to power more than 1,200 kettles at once.

The battery will help balance the grid as it will be charged during off peak hours when people use less electricity and deliver power back to the grid during peak times.

Ecotricity Founder Dale Vince said: “Not many people know that, as an energy company, we have to manage the energy our customers use every half an hour – energy storage will better allow us to do that, meaning we can more efficiently supply energy and better manage the green energy we generate.

“This is a trial project for us – and we’re going to learn a lot about energy storage and how it can help us. And we’re hoping it will be the first of many more energy storage projects to come.”