Renewable energy infrastructure company Field today has acquired the Holmston and Drum Farm energy storage systems in Scotland – which each have a combined capacity of 100MW / 200MWh – from RES.
The Holmston project is Located in Ayr, South Ayrshire, while the Keith project is located in Moray.
“Recognised as the UK’s largest renewables-producing country, Scotland currently lacks the transmission network infrastructure, such as high-voltage direct current cables, needed to transport surplus green power to areas of demand,” a Field statement said. “Building more batteries to store excess supplies can connect electricity generated by renewables with consumers more efficiently, reducing the energy ‘wasted’ because it cannot be transported elsewhere, due to a lack of this infrastructure.”
Katie Marsh, head of corporate development at Field, said:“We’re delighted to have worked with RES and to add Field Holmston and Field Drum Farm to a healthy pipeline of renewable infrastructure projects. With vital grid reforms picking up pace, we will start to see more storage projects connected to the network to support the transition to a net zero electricity system.
“Energy storage is an essential part of this picture, especially in Scotland where so much cheaper, cleaner energy generation is curtailed each year. To take full advantage of the renewable capacity we have available and achieve net zero emissions in Scotland by 2045, we must invest in battery storage as part of the biggest transformation of infrastructure ever seen.”
Rebecca Meek, development director energy storage, UK&I at RES added:“To ensure consumers get the maximum benefit from the low-cost renewable energy being generated in the UK we need to deploy energy storage capacity, at pace, across our country. Holmston and Drum Farm are great examples of the dynamic energy sector we’re creating together to support our economy and the environment.
“We’re pleased to partner with Field for the first time, a company who share this vision, and look forward to seeing these projects operating for the benefit of consumers in the near future.”