Biogas firm to expand into flexible generation and DSR

Biogas generation firm Ylem Energy Ltd will provide flexible generation, large-scale energy storage and demand-side response systems as part of an expansion.

The company recently secured the exclusive UK rights to large-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS) from Dowell, a leading global provider, and will be showcasing the technology with a 1MW battery energy storage system that will be co-hosted at a UK-based landfill-gas generation site in the spring of 2019.

Ian Gadsby, managing director of Ylem Energy Ltd, states that the company is delighted to be able to offer this cutting-edge storage technology into the UK market.

“For almost thirty years, we’ve operated our own fleet of smart energy generation systems that run on gaseous fuels and these storage systems provide an excellent opportunity for us to move further towards providing a range of flexible generation technologies that meet the market conditions created by the modern-day grid operation and energy market,” he said.

“These systems will be used in two ways, one will be to provide network resilience by coming online at short notice to meet the demands of the network – particularly where fluctuations in renewable generation from wind and solar have an impact. The other will be to help reduce our industrial and commercial clients’ reliance on costly peak-time energy tariffs as a wider package of measures.”

The 1MW pilot BESS project, which is planned to be commissioned in early 2019, will be located at a UK-based landfill site and provide flexibility services to the electricity grid, utilising energy generated from landfill gas.

The agreement forms part of the recent investment in flexible generation technologies by Ylem Energy, formerly ENER-G Natural Power, while assisting the firms move into owning and operating natural-gas-powered peaking facilities at several sites across the UK.

Ylem Energy will be releasing further details of both the systems and this initial project in the coming months.

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