Village a test site for high-tech batteries

Ian Lloyd
Ian Lloyd

Cutting-edge electrical energy storage units are being installed in a north Northumberland village as part of a multimillion-pound project helping the UK to prepare for a greener future.

Led by Northern Powergrid, the electricity distribution network operator for the North East and Yorkshire, the Customer-Led Network Revolution (CLNR) project is installing the batteries, which will store electricity and release it when needed – when there is a spike in demand or generation from local homes and businesses for example.

Two of the energy storage units are being sited at Wooler with four more being installed in Darlington and Maltby.

Northern Powergrid’s Ian Lloyd, the project’s network technology manager said: “This is one of the biggest and most important energy storage projects happening in the UK today, thanks to the scale of the installations and the diverse range of locations we’re using.”