GE storage system in UK debut

The concept has been used in tests with a wind turbine in the US

The concept has been used in tests with a wind turbine in the US

US industrial giant GE has sold the first of its next-generation Durathon energy storage systems through a lead-off order with UK distribution network operator (DNO) Western Power.

Five of the 100kWh sodium nickel chloride (NaNiCl) batteries will be installed later this year at high-voltage substations in Milton Keynes, north of London, as part of the Falcon (Flexible Approaches to Low Carbon Optimised Networks) project being led by the DNO.

“This trial will demonstrate the impact that the Durathon energy storage system can have in a real-world, utility distribution network,” says GE Energy Storage general manager Prescott Logan. “It is designed to provide vital data that can be used to enhance utility services and reduce operating expenses — a saving that could ultimately be passed on to customers.”

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