An Edinburgh-based environmental planning consultancy has secured planning permission for a 19.8MW gas peaking and 20MW battery storage plant in Glenrothes on behalf of London-headquarted Sainc Energy.
Atmos Consulting says the project will include the launch of a research and development centre (R&D) for innovative energy technologies and bring significant investment to the area, as well as utilising local resources, promoting energy independence and generating sustainable long-term jobs in the energy sector.
It says the plant, which will be operational 24/7, will contribute to the services needed for the smooth operation of the national grid and the stability of the UK’s power supply.
Sarah Whyte Senior, Consultant and Project Manager, said: “I am proud to have worked on this project which I think is an excellent opportunity for the local area, especially in terms of local investment, lower carbon energy production and education by capitalising on the opportunity to give back to the community and teach others about sustainable energy solutions.”
Atmos Managing Director Jean Curran added: “Scotland is currently setting out its draft energy strategy for 2050 with a clear aspiration for long-term, sustained decarbonisation and secure, reliable supplies of energy when they are required. Energy storage is an increasingly important element of our energy infrastructure and we are pleased to be part of innovative efforts to store and manage low carbon energy.”
With a combined value of £28 million, the battery power portion of the project will be the first energy storage facility of its kind in Fife.
Sainc Energy says it’s aspiring to lead the way in storage innovation and is in advanced discussions with world leading battery technology providers and alternative energy storage systems to work on developing software in relation to Virtual Power Plant (VPP), a concept of integrating several types of power sources for optimisation of overall power supply.
When fully operational, its R&D centre will employ up to 12 high calibre technical and scientific personnel to provide the control of the site operations, and undertake the R&D activities.
Speaking on behalf of Sainc, Kamaljit Sood said: “We are delighted to have secured planning consent for this important project that will support the Energy market and invest in innovation to help meet Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets.
“I would like to thank Atmos consulting for their professional and diligent work in getting us to this stage. We will be pleased to continue to work with Atmos and the Council to meet the planning conditions en-route to building out a successful project.”