Battery Storage

Aura Power have gained planning permission for a 100MW battery storage site at Newburn Bridge Road, Blaydon. The site is located on brownfield land, on an industrial estate close to one of Northern Powergrid's electricity substation. The project is now owned by TRIG and is expected to energise in 2024.

Battery storage systems, such as this, play a crucial role in the decarbonisation of our electricity network with much needed increases in renewable energy sources. Batteries store excess energy at times of low demand i.e. from a solar farm on a sunny day, and discharge the energy back into the grid when it is needed the most.

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The project was acquired by TRIG in September 2022 and is expected to be connected in 2024. For more information please visit TRIG's website:

DC/21/00922/FUL | Development of a Battery Storage Facility, associated infrastructure and grid connection


Aug 2021

Planning application was submitted to Gateshead Council.

Jan 2022

Planning permission granted

Sep 2022

The project was acquired by TRIG.


Expected connection date.

Key Facts & Benefits


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Carbon dioxide (tonnes) saved, per year, from entering the atmosphere compared to a traditional gas peaker plant


Equivalent number of typical electric vehicles (50kwh batteries)

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Our Proposal

The battery storage development would import and export power from the grid and store that power within the batteries. As such, it would not result in any emissions during operation. It would act as a ‘balancing service’ for the grid in balancing frequency at times of system stress. In simple terms, battery storage provides a means of allowing electricity from the grid to be imported and stored within the batteries at times of low usage, and exported back into the grid at times of system stress / demand.

The site is located approximately 300m from Northern Powergrid's existing electricity substation meaning energy stored in the batteries can be released rapidly back into the grid.

The proposal also includes some off-site biodiversity enhancements that will be delivered by Gateshead Council.

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