Econergy described the EPC agreement as a “significant milestone” for its UK storage pipeline, which amounts to almost 2.5GWh according to the company. Image: Econergy.

Econergy Renewable Energy has secured its first engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) agreement for its 50MW/102MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) for a UK project at Swangate, in Yorkshire, Northern England.

The EPC agreement was made between Econergy, UK & Ireland contracting company, G2 energy and Trina Storage, a business unit of Trina Solar.

The announcement described the EPC agreement as a “significant milestone” for Econergy’s UK storage pipeline, which amounts to almost 2.5GWh according to the company.

“We are delighted to have secured the EPC agreement with Trina and G2 for our Swangate storage project in the UK. This is the first storage project in Econergy’s pipeline which has reached this stage, marking a significant milestone for the company” said Econergy’s CEO, Eyal Podhorzer.

“The UK is a key market for Econergy and is leading the development of storage technology globally, which will accelerate the energy transition by mitigating the intermittency of renewables and reducing our reliance on fossil fuels. This project will help us to become a key player in the UK storage market as we look to continue expanding our portfolio of projects under development in the country.”

The Swangate project was acquired by Econergy in January this year and is part of a number of storage projects in Econergy’s pipeline. These are set to be developed in two configurations: as co-locations with the company’s 900MW solar photovoltaic pipeline, and as stand-alone projects with grid support. 

Econergy has forecast that their total pipeline of renewable projects in the UK will be operational by 2025.

Terry Chen, head of overseas storage at Trina Storage, shared Podhorzer’s enthusiasm for the project in a statement: “We have invested heavily to develop our in-house utility scale LFP battery storage system. The Swangate battery project is the first deal featuring our vertically integrated product Elementa in the UK. As part of this project, Trina Storage will deliver a fully integrated BESS solution with world-class safety standards and capabilities built into every aspect of system design and delivery. We are very pleased to be working with Econergy and G2 Energy to deliver this project successfully and many more in future.”

Trina Storage’s portfolio consists of over 500MW of connected storage projects and more than 1GWh under construction globally.

Earlier this year Trina Storage also reached a UK milestone by completing the supply of its first BESS in the UK, the SMS plc-owned 50MW/56.2MWh fully integrated grid-scale BESS.

Meanwhile G2 has carried out over 400 connections to the national electricity grid in the UK and has a total capacity of more than 3GW, said the announcement.