Blaydon

Battery Storage
Aura Power are developing 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.

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 planning application was submitted to Gateshead Council in August 2021 and is due to be determined very soon.

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

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Aug 2021

Planning application was submitted to Gateshead Council.

Jan 2022

The planning application is due to be determined.

Jul 2022

Construction is anticipated to commence.

Benefits

26595

Equivalent number of homes powered

66000

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

2000

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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