Statera Energy submits 500MW UK BESS planning application

May 15, 2024

Statera Energy has submitted a planning application to South Oxfordshire District Council for a 500MW battery energy storage system (BESS) at Culham Campus, formerly known as UKAEA Culham Science Centre.

The proposals require development of seven hectares of the 26.8 hectare site. Another 16 hectares are being set aside to “re-establish a registered park and garden with new woodland and grassland habitats and provide a significant 50 per cent uplift in biodiversity,” a statement said.

In addition, a tree belt to the north of the site will be restored using 170 new native trees, re-establishing parts of the Nuneham Courtenay Park and Garden. New permissive paths across the site will provide access to the parkland and views over the Thames Valley, benefiting people working within the neighbouring UKAEA site.

If consented, Statera’s Culham BESS is scheduled to connect to the Culham Substation in 2027.

The 500MW of storage capacity is achieved using 296 shipping containers modified for batteries, 37 inverter houses, seven control rooms, four shipping containers for storage and welfare facilities and a customer substation.

Oliver Troup, development lead at Statera Energy, said “Aside from the national benefit short duration storage provides in a flexible grid system, Statera’s Culham BESS will support the expansion of Culham Campus, already home to 45 businesses and a leading centre for nuclear fusion. Finding sites that work for this type of scheme is very challenging. It’s even harder to find a site that directly benefits such a unique science and technology park.”