Conrad Energy puts energy storage site online

Conrad Energy has announced the full energisation of its 25MW 50MWh battery energy storage site (BESS) in Bispham, Blackpool.

The news means that the site can now store and release energy for 10,000 homes for four hours, following a process of commissioning and energisation in January this year.

The site, which is the result of a collaboration with various communities and local authorities, represents work between Conrad Energy, Green Frog Connect, General Electric’s (GE) battery division and Electricity North West. The site is the first of seven Conrad Energy battery sites under construction in conjunction with GE.

Blackpool will be the first site Conrad Energy has undertaken with its own construction team. The fully operational site will be handed to its operations and maintenance teams to ensure it remains at optimal performance, with the power it stores being traded on the wholesale markets or offered to the system operator.

Steven Hardman, Conrad Energy’s Chief Executive Officer said “Long term partnerships are a cornerstone of Conrad Energy’s vision of a world powered by a sustainable net zero energy system. This project has strengthened our relationships with key partners who are aligned with our net zero mission and allowed us to build relationships with new local partners in Blackpool.”

Steve Moody, Conrad Energy’s Trading Director, said: “Conrad Energy’s proprietary optimisation platform iON is used for our own and other owners’ sites to ensure the best returns for all energy assets under our management. This is the first of seven battery energy storage sites, which further increase our impact on both the trading and frequency response markets. By making sure renewable energy is generated and utilised as efficiently and as profitable as possible, we’re harnessing the power of our dynamic asset optimisation to drive net zero.”

Photo L-R shows Paul English, Head of Global Sales, Solar and Storage at GE Renewable Energy with Steven Hardman, Conrad Energy’s CEO, at the Blackpool battery energy storage site.

Image courtesy of Conrad Energy

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