The project will be operated by Tesla’s algorithmic trading platform, Autobidder. Image: Harmony Energy.

The 98MW Pillswood project, developed by Harmony Energy Income Trust and managed by Tesla, has gone live ahead of schedule with both phases A and B to energise this month.

The site, located in Hull, uses a Tesla two-hour Megapack system and has the capacity to store as much as 196MWh of electricity in one cycle. It was originally planned to go online over two phases in December 2022 and March 2023, the plans however, were accelerated in an effort to support the National Grid in providing stability to the UK’s power supply.

Peter Kavanagh, director at Harmony Energy has called the project “the largest of its kind in Europe by energy capacity”.

Autobidder, Tesla’s algorithmic trading platform, will operate the project after continued success managing Harmony’s two existing battery storage projects, Hole Bay and Contego, over the past two years, which were both developed in conjunction with FRV.

When discussing the decision to bring forward the site’s live-date Kavanagh stated: “All stakeholders have recognised the importance of achieving energisation for this project ahead of winter, and we would like to thank Tesla, G2 Energy and Northern Powergrid for their efforts in delivering the project ahead of schedule despite a very challenging geopolitical and global supply chain environment.”

Harmony has continued to add to its growing portfolio. Earlier this month the company received unanimous approval for its plans to build a 40MW solar farm in North Yorkshire.