London, 6 March 2018 – Statkraft, Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy and a leading market access service provider has signed the first Optimisation Service Agreement for a grid scale battery with GBSL, a leading energy storage developer. For a period of three years Statkraft will provide electricity trading optimisation services and access to the Firm Frequency Response (FFR) market for the 6 MW battery located in Dorking, England. The project is expected to enter operations in September 2018.
“We are thrilled to be working with GBSL and providing route to market and optimisation services for their first operational battery storage project”, says Pieter Schipper, Senior Vice President, Market Access and Continental Assets at Statkraft. “Statkraft is committed to being the leading partner for clients seeking to maximise returns from storage and flexible generation projects. We accomplish this by leveraging our trading teams’ expertise in managing renewables generation in short term energy markets, and our advanced schedule optimisation and algorithmic trading capabilities.”
Battery storage is going to revolutionise the UK energy landscape by providing the flexibility necessary to integrate increasing levels of intermittent renewables while maintaining security of supply.
“James McKellar, Director and Co-Founder of GBSL said “ GBSL found Statkraft to be creative, knowledgeable and committed to finding optimal operating and financial solutions for one of the first investor owned battery storage projects in the UK – it has been a pleasure and an education to work with them in what is a very complicated business”.
Statkraft is a leading company in hydropower internationally and Europe’s largest generator of renewable energy. The Group produces hydropower, wind power, solar power, gas-fired power and supplies district heating. Statkraft is a global company in energy market operations. Statkraft has 3,600 employees in 16 countries. In the UK Statkraft is a leading provider of Power Purchase Agreements for renewable and flexible generators and battery storage facilities.
GBSL is a management owned and backed battery storage owner that develops builds and operates mostly behind the meter storage solutions for medium and large industrial and corporate high energy users in the 3MW plus space. GBSL also owns a small number of standalone battery storage projects of which its 6MW project at Dorking will be the first to come in to operation.