A supersized battery that could allow more sustainable electricity generation is being trialled in Bedfordshire.
Energy minister Amber Rudd switched on a two-year UK Power Networks trial of the Smarter Network Storage facility in Leighton Buzzard.
The 760m2 facility contains a 6MW/10MWh battery large enough to power more than 1,000 UK homes for a day.
The trials aim to explore ways to maximise the value from energy storage.
Rudd said: “Cutting-edge smart networks like this will both enhance UK skills and allow us to capture and store new forms of energy generation.
“This will help us to build a smart grid, which reduces the need for further costly investment in grid reinforcement by enabling greater integration of cleaner renewable energy sources into our existing energy network.
“That is why schemes like the Big Battery are so important for our ambition to move to a low carbon economy.”