An offshore wind farm in the UK is going to harness an innovative energy storage system to maximise its potential effectiveness.

DONG Energy will incorporate ABB’s two megawatt ‘battery-based storage system’ at its Burbo Bank wind farm, near Liverpool, to improve grid stability.

“We are delighted to implement this innovative solution which will enable the integration of clean wind energy, without compromising grid stability and power quality to consumers,” explained Giandomenico Rivetti, Managing Director of ABB’s High Voltage Products business unit. “Energy storage is playing a key role in the evolution of the power network and is a strategic focus area to reinforce our position as a partner of choice for a stronger, smarter and greener grid.”

Burbo Bank is a 90MW wind farm capable of supplying electricity for up to 80,000 homes. It is the first time such a storage system has been used for this type of energy.

“The need for grid flexibility continues to grow. As a leader in providing low-carbon energy, we are keen to be part of the solution to make the energy system smarter and to help National Grid manage grid stability. This innovative solution we have developed with ABB is a good example of implementing our vision,” added Ole Kjems Sørensen, Senior Vice President, Partnerships, M&A and Asset Management at DONG Energy.

Energy storage technology is facilitating a faster transition to sustainable power. We reported yesterday its importance in enabling a microgrid platform to supply the majority of electricity for a small island community in America.