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Centrica acquires battery storage project that could ‘unlock wind energy potential in North Sea’

Centrica Business Solutions has secured the development rights for a fully consented 30MW 2hr battery storage plant in Aberdeenshire that will help maximise the use of renewable energy in the Scottish North Sea.

The site in Dyce, near Aberdeen is located near a connection for North Sea offshore wind farms and will contribute towards managing network constraints - by storing electricity when it is abundant for times when it is not, helping improve the energy independence of the UK and reduce our reliance on fossil fuels. Last year, the National Grid paid £244million to wind farm operators to shut down turbines1, as they risked overloading the network, a process known as curtailment. Battery storage is one method of helping to utilise that wasted energy resource, ensuring fewer green electrons are curtailed.

Once built, the 30MW 2hr Dyce battery storage plant will store enough energy to power 70,000 homes for an hour2. This discharge happens up to four hours per day.

The project forms part of Centrica Energy Assets’ plan to deliver 900MW of solar and battery storage assets by 2026. Centrica already owns and operates the 49MW fast response battery at Roosecote, Cumbria.

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