FRV & Harmony Energy commission Megapack energy storage project in the UK

July 6, 2020

  • The joint project by global renewables leader FRV and British developer Harmony Energy is the development of one of the largest battery energy storage plants in the South of the UK.
  • Commissioned on July 5th, the system of lithium-ion batteries has a combined capacity of 15 MWh connected to the Southern Electric Power distribution network, able to store energy and provide flexibility to the grid.
  • Six Tesla Megapack batteries installed at new battery energy storage plant in Dorset, batteries will enable utility-scale energy storage, used alongside Tesla’s Autobidder software.

Global renewable energy solutions provider Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), (part of Abdul Latif Jameel Energy) and British renewable energy developer Harmony Energy announced today the commissioning of their first utility-scale energy storage project at Holes Bay, Poole, Dorset in the United Kingdom.  The project reflects FRV’s long-term investment plan to develop energy storage projects globally.

The project uses six Tesla Megapack, Lithium-ion batteries that enable utility-scale energy storage.  The Megapack batteries have a capacity of 15 MWh and are connected to the Southern Electric Power distribution network, providing the capability to store energy from renewable sources and afford peak-time flexibility to the UK National Grid as part of the UK’s continuing shift away from fossil fuels.

The utility-scale energy storage facility operates using Tesla’s cutting-edge ‘Autobidder’ AI software.

Peter Kavanagh, Chief Executive Officer of Harmony Energy, said: “Utility-scale battery energy storage is critical to the future of the UK’s energy supply, often seen as the missing link in the UK’s renewable energy strategy, both in terms of controlling grid frequency and providing backup during periods of peak demand and supply.  We’re delighted to have worked closely with FRV and Tesla to complete this project, which is the first in our pipeline of battery energy storage plant to be built in the UK.”

Felipe Hernández, Managing Director Engineering and Asset Management of FRV, states that: “Holes Bay will be the first project in a strategic energy storage pipeline [for FRV] to be launched globally. We are pleased to join together with Harmony Energy in this project that demonstrates the economic and technical feasibility of the battery energy storage system while supporting the development of UK’s strategic sustainable energy program.”

FRV’s future plan includes long-term investments in battery energy storage projects that play a central role in the market, supporting the increasing penetration of, and transition to, renewables in the global energy mix.  Felipe went on to comment that: “We are already collaborating with governments, regulators, and partners around the world to lay the foundations for a new energy model. Energy storage plays a central and critical role to fully realize the power of renewable energy, and FRV acknowledges the value of this technology as a key element to achieve a decarbonized society.”

Recently, our Managing Director for Engineering and Asset Management Felipe Hernandez and David Menendez Head of FRV-X, participated in the first episode of Abdul Latif Jameel´s new podcast series. In the podcast they discuss with  Peter Kavanagh CEO of Harmony Energy, about the current state of utility scale energy storage solutions and how they are becoming an enabler for the accelerated transition to renewable energy.

They also discuss this first FRV/Harmony Energy joint project at Holes Bay at Poole, Dorset, in the UK:

 


Rafael Benjumea

Founder, FRV

At FRV we have a strong commitment to the economic and social development of the markets and communities in which we operate, and we are pleased to be able to deliver on this commitment through this innovative program.

Gianfranco Carassale

Lead Investment Officer, Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC)

They are known for their expertise in solar technology as well as for their deep knowledge of the process, the financial structure and the energy market as a whole. This enables them to be extremely competitive. This way they reach efficiency and maximize profits, developing economically viable projects even at very tight and ambitious price targets.

Fernando Salinas

Country Manager at Central America Region, FRV

After nine years working in FRV, I have significantly grown not only professionally but also personally. Living in four different countries and performing a wide range of activities will certainly have a positive impact in whatever activities I perform in the future.