ENERGY STORAGE

Revealed: Britain’s 10 energy storage hotspots

Energy Storage Report discloses the ten areas of GB expected to install the most storage projects by 2026

BEN COOK

April 9, 2024

  • GB energy storage capacity forecast to exceed 10GW by 2026
  • Energy Storage Report discloses the 10 areas in GB expected to bring the most projects online
  • Yorkshire tops the list with 13 projects – totalling more than 1.6GW of capacity – set to come online in the next two years

Energy storage capacity in Great Britain is expected to exceed 10GW by 2026, according to data published last year by Modo Energy. This compares to the 3.5GW of capacity that was online at the end of 2023.

The data supplied by Modo Energy shows exactly where in Great Britain most of the new capacity is expected to come online during the period between March 2023 and the end of 2026. The two charts below show: battery buildout in Great Britain as of March 2023 (chart 1); forecast battery buildout in Great Britain in 2026 (chart 2).

Chart 1

Chart 2

Here is a ranking of the ten areas of Great Britain that are expected to bring the most energy storage projects online in this timeframe:

1. YORKSHIRE
Number of projects: 13
Total energy storage capacity expected to be brought online in 2023-2026 period: 1,631MWh
Notable project(s): EP UK Investments’ 598MWh Eggborough project; Gresham House’s 200MWh Elland 2 project; Gresham House’s 174MWh Bradford West project

2. LANCASHIRE
Number of projects: 11
Total energy storage capacity expected to be brought online in 2023-2026 period: 657MWh
Notable project(s): Gresham House’s 100MWh Penwortham project

3. CHESHIRE
Number of projects: 9
Total energy storage capacity expected to be brought online in 2023-2026 period: 492MWh
Notable project(s): Constantine Energy Storage’s 165MWh Capenhurst project

4. ESSEX
Number of projects: 8
Total energy storage capacity expected to be brought online in 2023-2026 period: 1,679MWh
Notable project(s): InterGen’s 900MWh Gateway Energy Centre battery project; 300MWh to be bought online by Statera Energy at Thurrock; and Harmony Energy’s 198MWh Clay Tye project

5. WILTSHIRE
Number of projects: 6
Total energy storage capacity expected to be brought online in 2023-2026 period: 416MWh
Notable project(s): Penso Power’s 100MWh extension to Minety project; SSE’s 99MWh Salisbury project

=6. FIFE
Number of projects: 5
Total energy storage capacity expected to be brought online in 2023-2026 period: 1.072MWh
Notable project(s): Amp Energy’s 800MWh Kincardine project

=6. GLOUCESTERSHIRE
Number of projects: 5
Total energy storage capacity expected to be brought online in 2023-2026 period: 249MWh
Notable project(s): 100MWh to be brought online at Constantine Energy Storage’s Iron Acton project

=6. HAMPSHIRE
Number of projects: 5
Total energy storage capacity expected to be brought online in 2023-2026 period: 168MWh
Notable project(s): Conrad Energy’s 38MWh Winchester project

=6. GLAMORGAN
Number of projects: 5
Total energy storage capacity expected to be brought online in 2023-2026 period: 104MWh
Notable project(s): GFP’s 40MWh Ipswich Road project

=10. BUCKINGHAMSHIRE
Number of projects: 4
Total energy storage capacity expected to be brought online in 2023-2026 period: 289MWh
Notable project(s): Harmony Energy Income Trust’s 198MWh Bumpers project

 =10. ABERDEENSHIRE
Number of projects: 4
Total energy storage capacity expected to be brought online in 2023-2026 period: 230MWh
Notable project(s): Gresham House’s 100MWh Rothienorman project

It’s worth noting that this is a ranking of the parts of the UK that are expected to deploy the highest number of projects – it does not necessarily mean they will bring through the most capacity. For example, Essex, which is ranked fourth in terms of the number of energy storage project sites, will actually bring online more capacity than any of the other areas on the list due to the large size of the projects being constructed. Meanwhile, Fife is only ranked equal sixth, but will be bringing more than 1GW of storage online during the period in question.

In a similar vein, there are some areas of the UK that are currently bringing through a smaller number of projects than the areas on our list, but that will actually deploy larger amounts of capacity due to having massive projects in the works. Examples include Penso Power being expected to bring online 875MWh at the Hams Hill project in Warwickshire, Zenobē’s 800MWh Eccles project in Greater Manchester, and Amp Energy’s 800MWh Windyhill project in Dumbartonshire.