EDF Energy has inaugurated an offshore wind farm and battery storage facility at Blyth and West Burton respectively.
The wind farm, located off the Northumberland coast, is made up of five turbines of a total capacity of 41.5MW.
It is tethered by gravity based foundations that allow the turbines to float on the surface. This is expected to save on installation costs and enhance the competitiveness of offshore power generation.
The 49MW battery storage facility is located at West Burton B power station and is claimed to be the largest project in the new frequency control system in the UK.
It aims to improve grid stability and provide rapid response to power fluctuations.
Jean-Bernard Lévy, EDF Group Chairman and CEO said: “They contribute greatly to decarbonisation of the energy mix in the UK, our second largest market after France. They are both consistent with our CAP 2030 strategy, which aims to double EDF Group renewable energy generation by the year 2030 and our Electricity Storage Plan with the installation of 10,000MW of new storage facilities supporting the electricity systems by the year 2035.”