YLEM Energy, an experienced energy generation company based in Salford, plans to construct two battery storage sites on both sides of the River Clyde in Scotland. The proposed sites could have a combined storage capacity of 90MW and would support the national grid during peak periods.
One site, located at Ardencaple Farm near Helensburgh, would feature a 50MW array, while the other site, situated to the south near Greenock, would host a 30MW array. The purpose of these battery storage sites is to store excess energy generated from local sources, such as wind and solar, when demand is low. This stored energy can then be fed back into the grid when needed, providing a reliable and consistent electricity supply.
By incorporating battery storage, Scotland aims to maximize its renewable energy potential and avoid wasting surplus electricity. The fluctuating nature of renewable energy generation, combined with the separate demand cycles on the grid, necessitates efficient energy storage solutions to ensure continuous and reliable power supply.
YLEM Energy plans to initiate pre-application consultations with local authorities to emphasize the value of these battery storage sites for the national grid and local economy. Ian Gadsby, the managing director of YLEM Energy, believes that energy storage is a crucial component in achieving energy security and making the most of the electricity generated in the country.
As Scotland continues to lead in the renewable energy industry, the addition of battery storage facilities will enhance the utilization of its renewable energy resources and contribute to a more sustainable energy future.