Green energy ‘parc’ near Porthcawl adds another string to bow

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

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A multi-million-pound smart battery system, one of the largest in the UK to be installed at a customer site, was opened o Monday (February 19) at Parc Stormy near Bridgend.

The official opening was performed by Cllr Kay John, chair of Pyle Community Council.

It marks a significant milestone in the application of smart battery technology in the UK, said a company spokesperson.

The system has the capacity to store enough energy to power thousands of Welsh homes when needed, helping to build a low carbon economy in Wales.

The size of three shipping containers, the battery system took three months to build and now provides balancing services to National Grid.

Leading energy storage developer and smart energy management company KiWi Power chose Cenin Renewables as the location for its 4MW battery energy storage system (BESS).

Cenin’s 20-acre cluster of integrated clean technologies includes a low carbon cement production facility, a solar farm, an anaerobic digestion plant and a wind turbine.

“This is all about having green energy in reserve and we are delighted to be working with KiWi Power to play our part delivering a reliable, sustainable power source while providing local economic development and helping Wales reach its low emissions targets,” said Martyn Popham MD of Cenin.

He continued: “Smart batteries are both green and cost-effective, reducing the need for inefficient backup power stations by allowing excess energy to be stored and used when the sun isn’t shining and the wind has stopped blowing.”

Dignitaries from Wales joined senior representatives from Cenin, KiWi Power and the renewables industry at a launch event at Cenin’s Parc Stormy site on Stormy Down.

“This facility is an exciting addition to KiWi Power’s battery portfolio, and a key part of our strategy to develop, finance, build and monetise the highest value battery systems on customer sites across Europe,” explained Yoav Zingher, CEO of KiWi Power.

“Our state-of-the-art technology enables large power users like Cenin to reap the rewards from battery energy storage, with no upfront investment or risk to them, reducing their bills and their carbon footprint.”

The Cenin Group of companies was set up to invest in clean technologies and energy generation and to follow the examples of some of the leading projects in Europe.

Building on south Wales’ heritage as a coal and electricity producer, Cenin encourages local economic activity by attracting investment that harnesses and integrates the principality’s natural resources.

Cenin Renewables is part of Cenin Group and is a cluster of renewable technologies located at Parc Stormy in Bridgend that deliver the entire energy needs with low carbon sustainable energy to local homes at a competitive cost.

The site features solar PV, wind, anaerobic digestion as well as a low carbon cement factory supported by mineral research laboratories.

A wind turbine stands 100 metres high and as well, the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University has designed and created the UK’s first purpose-built, low-cost energy house, capable of exporting more energy to the national electricity grid than it uses.

The anaerobic digestion plant operating from the site is owned and operated by Agrivert and was opened by the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones in 2016. It is the first of its kind in Wales, with the plant converting food waste and organic matter into biogas which fuels an electricity generator.

Surplus heat is fed to Cenin’s low carbon cement plant for use in the minerals drying process, while organic digestate is piped to a neighbouring farm for use as an organic fossil-free fertilizer.

It produces a constant 3.2MW of electricity 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year.

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