‘World’s largest’ battery energy storage scheme approved


The “world’s largest” battery energy storage scheme will be built in Greater Manchester. 

Carlton Power.
Trafford BESS. credit: Carlton Power.

Energy infrastructure company, Carlton Power, has won planning permission for the 1GW project at the Trafford Low Carbon Energy Park from Trafford Council. 

The £750 million battery energy storage scheme (BESS) will strengthen the ‘security and resilience of the energy system’ in the North West of England, said the firm. 

It will also support the growth of renewable power generation in the region, it added.  

Construction is expected to begin in Q1 2024, subject to a final investment decision. 

Trafford BESS is Carlton Power’s second major energy project at the 12-hectare Energy Park. 

It also recently secured permission for one of the UK’s first hydrogen pipelines at the site. 

Commercial operation is expected in Q4 2025.   

Carlton Power is said to be in “advanced talks” with financers. 

Chris McKerrow, head of Carlton Power’s European BESS development, said: “Our BESS scheme will make a significant contribution to the resilience of the North West’s energy system and, combined with our green hydrogen scheme and the cryobattery project, underlines Trafford Park’s importance to the energy transition in the region and the journey towards net zero. 

“Trafford Council and other local organisations, like the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, recognise the importance of the BESS and the green hydrogen scheme to the energy transition, to inward investment and to the regeneration of land, much of it vacant for over 20 years.” 

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