Battery storage

Battery storage

When considering diversifying into renewable energy, there are more options available today than ever. And if, for whatever reason, we are unable to install wind or solar farms, Battery Storage could be the perfect way for monetising your unused or unprofitable land.

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Frequently asked questions

The facility will enhance grid stability, support renewable energy adoption, and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. It also brings economic benefits by reducing the reliance on foreign energy imports, contributing to local business rates, and creating job opportunities.

Depending on the battery type, a BESS project typically operates for about 25 years.

When selecting a site for a battery energy storage facility, the following criteria are generally considered:

• Environmental Impact and Planning Designations: The site is assessed for its potential impact on local wildlife, flora, and sensitive habitats. Sites near areas with environmental protections or specific planning designations are often avoided.

• Proximity to Roads and Residential Areas: The site should be accessible for construction and maintenance purposes while being sufficiently distant from residential areas to limit potential noise impacts.

• Existing Screening and Topography: Natural or existing barriers that can help visually screen the facility are advantageous, while the site's topography determines optimal positioning for equipment.

• Proximity to Grid Connection: Sites are chosen near substations or transmission lines for easy grid connectivity with minimal environmental disruption. Where possible, we endeavour to lay cables underground to minimise visual impact.

• Use of Brownfield or Previously Developed Land: Preference is given to brownfield sites to minimise the impact on undeveloped or agricultural land and to make better use of previously impacted areas.

• Technical Feasibility and Economic Viability: Technical reports, such as noise and flood risk assessments, are conducted to determine if the site meets the required standards for operation and can be economically viable.

Green Switch Capital conducts ecological surveys to understand the site's flora and fauna. Appropriate measures will be implemented to protect and enhance biodiversity.

Security fencing will be installed around the site boundary for safety.

The development is not within a national or locally designated landscape. Battery projects generally feature low-profile structures, often resembling shipping containers.

Detailed on-site noise survey work will be undertaken to ensure levels meet guidance measures. This includes on-site and operational mitigation measures. Batteries are strategically placed away from residential areas to limit noise impacts, and additional noise-reduction measures will be implemented as needed.

A Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy will be prepared to identify any flood risks to the site and surrounding areas, and these will be addressed in the site layout.

A desktop study and high-level impact appraisal are carried out to ensure that there will be no impacts on heritage and archaeological assets.

A Transport Statement will address traffic routing and traffic volumes to minimise impacts on the local transport network during both the construction and operation phases. This plan will be coordinated with the local Highways Authority, a statutory consultee, before the commencement of construction.

The most common types of batteries used in energy storage are lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries.

Standard maintenance operations include a routine cleaning of the system, replacing worn or damaged components, and performing capacity tests on the batteries to ensure their continued efficient storage capabilities.

All our BESS projects adhere to strict fire safety standards in accordance with national planning policy guidance, including built-in fire suppression. A fire risk management plan would be prepared in consultation with regional fire and rescue services.

Battery energy storage works by charging the batteries when renewable energy generation is high and then discharging the stored energy when demand is high or renewable generation is low.

Yes. There are strict procedures and regulations in place, during their installation and entire lifetime, to ensure maximum safety at all times.

The most common types of batteries used in energy storage are lithium-ion and lead-acid batteries.

Battery energy storage allows for the efficient use of renewable energy by storing excess energy generated during peak production times for use during periods of low production or high demand. This can help to smooth out fluctuations in the grid and increase the overall penetration of renewable energy.

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