Battery storage site changes hands

Eelpower has bought the 20MW Rock Farm battery storage site in Shropshire from Anesco for an undisclosed sum.

The company aims to have 1GW of energy storage in its portfolio by 2022 and is prepared to spend £500 million to achieve its goal.

Eelpower has also bought two storage schemes that will be commissioned later this year: a 10MW scheme near Winchester; and an 8MW scheme in Cumbria.

> Read Eelpower's announcement

 

New fund targets European wind assets

Investment manager Low Carbon has raised €200 million (£178m) from energy company Vitol to invest in renewable energy projects.

The VLC Renewables Fund will invest in Europe, initially targeting on- and off-shore wind farms.

Investment opportunities may also be offered to third parties.

> View Low Carbon's announcement

 

First turbine installed at Beatrice

The Beatrice wind farm off the coast of Caithness in Scotland has exported its first power to the national grid.

The first of its 84 Siemens Gamesa 7MW turbines has been installed.

John Hill, Beatrice’s Project Director, said: “We often talk about key milestones along a project’s journey, and Beatrice has had quite a few to date, but to see the first turbine turning in the Moray Firth and to have reached first power safely – ahead of programme and on budget – is a fantastic achievement for everyone connected to the project.”

> See Beatrice's statement

 

£25m grid scale battery storage plans unveiled

Infrastructure developer Pivot Power has been given permission by Test Valley Borough Council to install a 50MW battery at the Nursling electricity substation on the edge of Southampton.

The £25 million project is close to junction three of the M27 motorway and is expected to be completed by July 2019.

The company also wants to build a “super-hub” for charging 100 electric vehicles in the area.

> View Pivot Power's statement

 

Carbon capture taskforce makes recommendations

The Carbon Capture, Utilisation & Storage (CCUS) Cost Challenge Taskforce has told the UK Government that a policy framework is needed early next year.

In its report to ministers, the taskforce said time was limited if CCUS technology is to be available by 2050, when 100 million tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent may not to be stored.

The report echoes comments from the Committee on Climate Change, which wants to see facilities operational by the mid-2020s.

> Download the report