The BESS has secured a grid connection from Western Power Distribution. Image: Getty.

Westbridge Energy UK has secured a grid connection for its Fiskerton 53MVA battery energy storage system from Western Power Distribution (WPD).

Located at a former RAF airfield in Lincoln, the BESS is to be strategically placed beside an existing solar farm that was previously developed by the Westbridge team.

Westbridge is now in the process of securing a long-term lease for the site land and is preparing a planning application. 

“The BESS will supply power and other services to the UK grid in a matter of milliseconds, once developed,” said Alex Dickinson, special advisor of enabling technologies at Westbridge Energy UK. 

“Such speed of response is crucial in ensuring a secure and stable energy system in terms of frequency response and dynamic control that is key to the UK transition to a low carbon economy.”

Westbridge Energy UK is the UK subsidiary of Vancouver, Canada-headquartered Westbridge Power Corporation, which has developed 40+ projects worldwide. Recently, it announced a 250MWp solar PV plant combined with a 100MW BESS in Alberta, Canada.

It is also developing two other plants in Alberta, these being a 278MWp solar plant and a 236MWp solar PV plant, both of which are being planned with 100MW each of battery storage.