Image: Harmony

Harmony Energy, a developer of wind, solar and battery energy storage systems, has secured planning permission for a 49.5MW battery.

It will be the second 49.5MW battery energy storage system Harmony operates at the Creyke Beck substation in Cottingham, close to Hull.

The battery forms part of what Harmony describes as a “large pipeline” of utility-scale storage and subsidy free solar projects. Construction is about to start on its first battery project on the south coast.

Harmony’s wind and battery storage projects. Image: Harmony Energy

The battery will connect to the Creyke Beck substation, which is also connected to 2.4GW of offshore wind in the North Sea, which Alex Thornton, director at Harmony Energy, said makes the project “hugely exciting”.

Utility-scale batteries are playing an “increasingly important role” in decarbonisation and grid balancing, Thornton said, as more renewables come online and coal-fired plants are retired.

“We expect huge levels of investment into the sector over the next five years and beyond and our pipeline of projects already shows the potential for landowners, investors and for the UK’s future energy security,” he added.

Harmony has 13 battery projects wat varying stages of development within its portfolio, the majority of which are further south than Creyke Beck.