SSE Energy Solutions’ latest software innovation which maximises the efficiency of mega batteries has been deployed at one of the world’s leading energy research centres.
The Enhance platform has been managing the operation of the 2 MW battery at the University of Sheffield’s Willenhall Energy Storage facility.
The £4m research facility, is part of the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Research into Electrical Energy Storage and Applications (CREESA) which aims to advance the development of an affordable and clean energy future that is secure and sustainable.
The intermittency of renewable energy sources like wind and solar have been seen as a limiting factor in their adoption. Energy storage solutions have the potential to balance such fluctuations. SSE’s Enhance provides the means to monitor and manage costs and performance of battery sites.
Enhance opens market opportunities for energy traders and facilitates balancing services, which is key to support National Grid balance supply and demand. The platform grants access to the wholesale energy market as well as the Balancing Mechanism, the open auction through which the National Grid buys power to keep the grid in balance.
SSE engaged with researchers from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering on a knowledge exchange project relating to the operation of grid-connected energy storage assets. The project has enabled SSE to connect their first energy storage control system into their SSE Enhance platform. As the number of energy storage systems increase it can also help reduce energy prices.
The partnership has provided SSE with the opportunity to integrate new ideas coming from the UK research community into SSE's mission, accelerating the development and optimisation of the platform. Professor Dan Gladwin, who works within the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Sheffield, has been operating and optimising the energy storage assets at Willenhall for over eight years. Through the project SSE have benefited from Professor Gladwin’s established expertise working with the system at the site.
The research and refinement of the Enhance platform in energy storage solutions at the Willenhall site is invaluable to SSE as Enhance will be deployed at their first 50 MW battery project in Salisbury. The battery will be the first of SSE Energy Solutions’ grid-scale solar and battery projects to support access to clean, reliable energy by balancing the intermittency of renewables.
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