- Published: 01 December 2017 01 December 2017
Hywind Scotland, the world’s first floating wind farm, will next year be equipped with a battery to store power from the wind farm. The purpose is to “teach” the battery when to hold back and store electricity, and when send power to the grid, thus increasing value of the power. Statoil now has awarded a contract to Younicos to deliver a 1MW battery system that will be connected to Hywind Scotland.
The storage solution project, named Batwind, will be operational from Q2 2018. This is the first battery storage system connected to a floating wind farm. Batwind is a partnership between Statoil and Masdar. The two 10-foot modular battery containers will be placed at the Hywind Scotland onshore substation in Peterhead, Scotland. The purpose of the Batwind storage solution project is to understand how a battery can help increase the value of the produced electricity and how a battery best can work together with the wind farm and the grid. Based on the learnings and testing of the 1MW/1,3 MWh battery storage system, Statoil and Masdar will assess next steps in further developing the solution. Hywind Scotland is operated by Statoil on behalf of partner Masdar, where Statoil holds an ownership share of 75% and Masdar 25%.