Battery storage firm secures £28.5m of Santander funding

A battery storage and energy flexibility provider has secured £28.5 million in funding from Santander. London-based Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS) aims to use the funding to build and operate […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

A battery storage and energy flexibility provider has secured £28.5 million in funding from Santander.

London-based Battery Energy Storage Solutions (BESS) aims to use the funding to build and operate a 100MW portfolio of grid-scale battery storage assets by the end of 2018.

As of the end of 2017, the company owned and operated a 14MW portfolio of grid scale batteries either co-located with solar sites or connected directly into the distribution grid.

A further 49MW of grid connected batteries will be connected and operating by the end of January, bringing the total portfolio to 63M across eight sites.

Nicholas Beatty, Co-founder of Battery Energy Storage Solutions said: “The pace of transition to a low carbon power system brings with it challenges for the National Grid in balancing the network and ensuring supply and demand is matched on a second by second basis.

“Such balancing of supply and demand only being possible by the introduction of new technologies like battery storage.”