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Plans approved for £750m Manchester battery-storage facility

Planning permission has been granted for a £750m battery power storage scheme (BESS) close to Manchester.

Carlton Energy, the unbiased energy-infrastructure developer behind the enterprise, stated the 1GW facility on the Trafford Low Carbon Vitality Park could be the world’s largest battery-storage facility.

The corporate stated that, topic to a remaining funding determination, building was set to start within the first quarter of 2024, with industrial operation beginning by the top of 2025.

The developer stated it was in “superior talks” with firms to finance, construct and function the challenge.

Battery storage permits energy from renewable sources to be saved after which used when wanted. The Nationwide Grid says the know-how has a “key half to play in making certain properties and companies may be powered by inexperienced power”.

The 12-hectare Trafford Low Carbon Vitality Park, which is eight miles south of Manchester, was the positioning of a coal-fired energy station till 1991. It was acquired by Carlton in 2008 to redevelop for brand new power tasks.

The developer already has permission to construct a 200MW green-hydrogen scheme on the identical web site. The £50m first section of this scheme has been shortlisted to obtain assist from the federal government’s net-zero hydrogen fund.

Keith Clarke, founder and chief govt of Carlton Energy, stated the approval of the BESS introduced the overall funding worth of the positioning to £2bn.

“The funding within the Trafford Low Carbon Vitality Park over the subsequent two to 5 years demonstrates Carlton’s long-term imaginative and prescient and dedication to re-energising the Trafford web site,” he stated.

Planning permission for the battery-storage facility was granted by Trafford Council. The council’s chief, Tom Ross, stated that the battery storage and green-hydrogen schemes would put Trafford and Better Manchester “on the forefront of the UK’s power transition”.