A 10 MW system in Derbyshire provided power to the grid as part of a virtual power plant in a national first. It should prove a popular development, according to the results of a new survey.

With London-based Limejump having broken through by winning permission from U.K. energy regulator Ofgem to have its virtual power plant (VPP) operate in National Grid’s balancing mechanism, a battery storage system has already supplied electricity to the system for the first time.

The 10 MW Breach Farm battery storage system developed by Anesco in Derbyshire has supplied power to the balancing mechanism, which provides extra generation sources during times of stress for the U.K. grid.

The battery breakthrough comes just a week after Limejump revealed its VPP – which aggregates power from small-scale renewable generators into a single provider that functions as a power station – had won permission to take on its traditional rivals.

In a press release published by Anesco today, Executive Chairman Steve Shine said: “We’re delighted that we’ve been able to achieve another first for the UK renewables industry. By entering our storage assets into the balancing mechanism, the door has been opened to additional revenue streams for investors, and further validates the opportunity that battery storage provides.

“It’s a major step forward for the industry, with the balancing mechanism market offering frequent instances of profitable spreads for batteries to take advantage of. In addition, it removes much of the risk that suppliers face from uncertain system prices.

“While our storage units have previously taken part in frequency response and the wholesale market, they are now able to take advantage of these additional revenue streams and pricing opportunities.

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