Morrison Utility Connections, a major projects Independent Connection Provider (ICP) and part of Morrison Utility Services, has been commissioned to build and connect one of the world’s largest and most sophisticated battery-based energy storage systems in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
Scheduled for completion by summer 2018, the 49MW lithium-ion system will respond to fluctuations in electrical demand in less than a second, supporting the creation of a Smart Grid. Morrison Utility Connections will undertake the work on behalf of energy storage pioneer Younicos, which has been chosen to design and deliver the battery-based energy storage system on behalf of international energy and services company Centrica.
Based on the design for Younicos’ turn-key battery solution, the scope of works will include the design and construction of the building, civils works, building services, HV electrical system, 132kV connection to the grid and the installation of 16 inverter transformers to connect the batteries.
Morrison Utility Connections contract director Andy Clark commented: “The requirement for battery storage facilities by the Grid and others is still in its infancy but is predicted to grow significantly over the next 5 to 10 years.”
Once completed, the facility will be one of the largest battery storage plants in the UK.