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  • Date and time: Thursday 4 April 2024, 7.30pm to 8.30pm
  • Location: In-person only
    Room P/L/001, School of Physics, Engineering and Technology Building, Campus West, University of York (Map)
  • Audience: Open to alumni, staff, students, the public
  • Admission: Free admission, booking not required

Event details

York Society of Engineers Lecture

Ferrybridge is a 150MW / 300MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) project, based on the site of the former SSE-owned coal-fired power station. The plant was decommissioned by SSE in 2016.

The BESS is capable of running up to two hours at a time. It provides flexibility to the Grid during times of peak demand. Projects like Ferrybridge BESS are vital to the UK Government's battery strategy. The project marks the next chapter for Ferrybridge which will once again be a vital location for the UK energy system, providing the flexible electricity storage the UK needs to fully utilise its growing renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power.

The 150MW two-hour solution will comprise of a Lithium-ion battery system provided by our BESS Integrating partner Sungrow and will have on-site supporting infrastructure including, AC/DC inverters (Power Conversion System (PCS)), 132/33/33kV 180MVA transformer, associated switchgear and a 132kV cable connection to the National Grid.

Led by SSE Renewables' construction delivery partner, OCU Energy, the project has removed the existing foundations, treated, crushed, tested and reused any existing materials on site in an effort to reduce the projects need to import new aggregate for foundation and civil works. This has resulted in a considerable reduction in CO2 for the project against typical construction methods. Throughout the construction of the site, the project team has also engaged with local businesses for various aspects of the works, including facilities management, electrical installation and waste management, contributing to the local economy.

There will be an opportunity for questions and answers at the end of the talk. 

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