Statera Energy submits plans for 500MW storage facility in the UK

Statera Energy submits plans for 500MW storage facility in the UK

Statera Energy submits plans for 500MW storage facility in the UK 1024 686 Batteries International

May 24, 2024: A planning application for a large battery storage facility in England has been submitted by Statera Energy to South Oxon District Council on May 9.

The company wants to build a seven hectare battery energy storage system at Culham Campus in Oxfordshire which is a leading centre for nuclear fusion, formerly known as UKAEA Culham Science Centre, and home to 45 businesses.

A decision will be made in August and if approval is granted the BESS is expected to connect to the Culham Substation in 2027. It will be extended by National Grid as part of a wider upgrade to electrical infrastructure at the campus and would provide an enhanced connection to the grid giving Culham greater power security, resilience and stability.

Statera Energy said the proposed 500MW capacity would be predominantly made up of almost 300 shipping containers modified for batteries, 37 inverter houses, seven control rooms, and four shipping containers for storage and welfare facilities and a customer substation.

Oliver Troup, development lead at Statera Energy, said: “Finding sites that work for this type of scheme is very challenging. This  BESS will not only provide resilience to Culham Campus but also short duration storage and flexibility services to the wider grid. There is no direct power supply to any third party.”

The company declined to comment on the cost of the proposal but it is hoped the facility will make a significant contribution to the UK’s energy security.