A 100MW BESS project developed and recently sold by Pacific Green has gone online at a National Grid substation in Kent.

National Grid has plugged in the 100MW/100MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) project to its 400kV Richborough substation.

The project, dubbed the Richborough Energy Park battery, is owned by asset manager Sosteneo Infrastructure Partners which acquired it from developer Pacific Green in July 2023, as reported by Solar Power Portal.

Most BESS projects in the UK connect into the lower-voltage networks run by distribution network operators (DNOs) rather than National Grid’s high-voltage network. Benefits of the latter include a more reliable connection and better visibility in National Grid control rooms.

One of the first UK developers to opt for transmission-connected BESS projects was Pivot Power, which was acquired by EDF Renewables.

The BESS project was built on a brownfield site which previously occupied a coal-fired power station. As our sister site Energy-Storage.news has previously written, building renewables on sites formerly housing legacy power plants allows for the use of existing grid connection capacity.

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