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Danish CIP takes FID on 500-MW battery project in Scotland

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Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) on Tuesday said it has taken the final investment decision on a 500-MW/1,000-MWh battery project in Coalburn, Scotland, enabling construction works to begin.

The Coalburn 1 facility, set to become one of the largest ones in Europe, will be installed under a 4-GW battery storage partnership formed by CIP and British energy storage specialist Alcemi last year. Alcemi, the original developer of the project, has been given a Notice To Proceed (NTP) with construction activities.

The proposed battery south of Glasgow will discharge electricity during peak demand periods and provide balancing services to the grid, thus helping lower the costs for end-consumers. The system should go live in the last quarter of 2025.

Coalburn 1 will deploy e-STORAGE’s SolBank lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) battery technology. Balance of plant works will be performed by Ireland-based H&MV Engineering and SSE Energy Markets will provide optimisation services.

CIP said its future plans include taking FID on two other battery storage schemes in the UK next year. The projects will add a combined capacity of over 1 GW.

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