Gigha Battery Project

Gigha Green Power on the community-owned Isle of Gigha have recently commissioned an Enercon E33 turbine to complement their existing three Vestas V27 wind farm. Unfortunately, due to grid constraints the output of the turbine is restricted to 225kW rather than its designed 330kW output.

Whilst an updated grid connection is in the pipeline for 2015 / 2016 this presents an ideal opportunity to research and prototype an Energy Storage System to release the full potential of the turbine. A consortium led by REDT have been successful in gaining DECC funding for such a project and the battery is due for installation on Gigha in Q1 2015.

This innovative solution to an increasingly common problem will allow a behind the meter flow battery to store any excess power and release this power when the wind drops and the capacity on the grid is available. This is the first battery of this type to be installed at this size in a working capacity and will provide valuable insight into the technology and its real world implementation.

The community of Gigha will benefit from the additional income received and it is also hoped the the system will be used to research arbitrage models and small scale network support.

It is our intention to utilise this site to keep the wider community informed not only of the project but on its progress, publications and findings. 

Progress to Date

Current progress

  • Phase 2 funding awarded
  • Detailed design underway
  • Site meetings progressing
  • CDMC appointed
  • M2 milestone approaching

 

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