July 27, 2023: GS Yuasa has supplied a hybrid lead and lithium BESS to support an energy center opened on July 19 for the UK’s official coin maker, the Royal Mint.
The center (pictured) in Wales comprises a 2MW solar farm, two wind turbines, a hydrogen-ready combined heat and power (CHP) unit and the BESS.
The BESS is controlled by a bespoke battery management system developed by Yuasa, the University of Sheffield and Infinite Renewables.
AB Energy UK supplied the CHP engine, which Infinite said was selected for its ability to maximize the amount of power that can be produced from the gas consumed.
Infinite designed, supplied and built the Vestas ‘Daffodil’ wind turbines.
Royal Mint head of sustainability Inga Doak said the center will provide up to 75% of the company’s electricity needs every year.
Infinite director Andrew Crossman hailed the center as a blueprint for commercial and domestic sustainable energy systems in a low carbon world.
The Consortium for Battery Innovation said the project was a great example of using two key future technologies, lead and lithium, to develop energy storage systems.
The center is part of a project funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh government and Albion Community Power.