Swindon Council plans giant battery storage facility

Swindon Borough Council has unveiled plans for one of the UK’s largest battery storage facilities. Its wholly-owned company Public Power Solutions (PPS) has submitted a planning application for the 50MW […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Swindon Borough Council has unveiled plans for one of the UK’s largest battery storage facilities.

Its wholly-owned company Public Power Solutions (PPS) has submitted a planning application for the 50MW project, to be built at the former Mannington Depot.

The batteries will be housed in containers with a 30-year lifespan and will be connected to the grid via the nearby substation at Toothill.

Steve Cains, Head of Power Solutions at PPS said: “Rapid technological advances have now made energy storage a viable proposition. This has the potential to be a real game changer, helping to integrate variable generation from renewables, reduce costs for consumers and build a clean energy system fit for the future.”

If planning consent is obtained, the project is expected to be operational by 2019.