British battery storage sector takes a ‘big step’ as ministers remove size limit barriers

Barriers have been removed allowing for battery storage projects five times the size as the current limit in Britain, in a move hailed as a “significant, positive and well-timed” step.

Schematic of the 50MW / 250MWh liquid air CRYOBattery project. Image: Highview Power.

Secondary legislation was passed by ministers today (14 July) that will allow for projects above 50MW in England and 350MW in Wales.

The move could triple the number of battery storage projects on the grid according to the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It is hoped that removing the barrier will help to encourage bolder investment decisions, allowing more batteries to balance the grid as the number of intermittent renewables continues to grow.

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