Resource management company Veolia is using advanced energy storage to improve the energy and environmental performance of its High Temperature Incinerator (HTI) at its Ellesmere Port site.
According to Veolia, its HTI is the largest of its type in the UK and is optimising energy efficiency and balancing the national grid with the latest lithium-ion battery technology.
With the aim of reducing the grid demand from local heavy industry and nearby towns, the company realised that by introducing lithium-ion battery technology on the site it could lower demand on the local network.
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Based on the latest lithium-ion technology, the battery unit can deliver 500kW/385Wh, equivalent to the energy required to power 1,000 homes, and provides a safeguard to the plant to maintain the load in the event of a power outage.
The technology will provide cost savings by charging the battery during low cost off-peak times and will use the stored electricity when peak electricity applies.
By proving the capabilities of this type of site for the first time, Veolia said that it highlights the potential future advantages for a range of energy intensive industries.
Veolia UK and Ireland chief technology and innovation officer Richard Kirkman said: “This innovative project will help support the national ambition to decentralise, decarbonise and digitalise the grid while supporting overloaded grid networks.
“As a working test-bed it has proved how the technology can help similar industries significantly improve their energy costs. On a wider scale the installation also shows how Veolia can leverage flexibility in power consumption and generation to generate extra savings, and give industry greater energy security as we transition to more renewable energy.”