A project run by German-American company, Younicos, aimed at delivering a 1MW energy storage system to Hywind will install batteries that ‘learn’.
The Hywind Scotland development, of which Statoil own a 75% share, is to install the Batwind storage solution project which will look to understand how an energy system operates and holds energy.
A set of two modular battery containers will be installed at the Peterhead onshore substation with operations due to begin in 2018.
Sebastian Bringsvaerd, head of Hywind Development in Statoil, said: “There is limited knowledge of how to make a battery act based on dynamic information, in order to maximize value of renewable energy.”
“The Batwind partners, Statoil and Abu Dhabi renewable energy company Masdar, want the battery to automatically know when to store electricity, and when to release it out to the grid.”
The next phase of development of the battery storage solution will hinge on the ‘understanding’ and testing of the system at the offshore wind farm at Hywind.
Bringsvaerd added: “Batwind has the potential to add value by mitigating periods without wind – and by that making wind a more reliable energy producer year around. This could expand the use and market for wind and renewables in the future.”