LED manufacturer installs flexible battery unit at UK factory

The device will earn revenue by fulfilling a frequency response balancing contract with National Grid

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By Jonny Bairstow

An LED lighting manufacturer has installed a 2MW behind the meter battery storage unit at its factory and research facility in Plymouth.

Plessey’s project was completed by smart energy management service KiWi Power, which is targeting an extensive roll-out of similar projects for high energy users in the commercial and industrial sectors.

The Tesla battery is controlled by KiWi Power’s proprietary hardware and software platform and will earn revenue by fulfilling a frequency response balancing contract with National Grid.

It will also reduce energy costs by adjusting power supply in response to fluctuations in demand.

Mike Snaith, Operations Director of Plessey Semiconductors, said: “It is good to know our considerable power consumption can be utilised to help stabilise the National Grid supply by delivering a reliable and sustainable power source.

Batteries are an increasingly necessary part of the decarbonisation of the UK’s electricity supply.”