Shell teams up with Anesco for Norfolk battery storage project

Anesco is building a 1.25MW battery storage facility at one of Shell's major gas terminal sites on the Norfolk coast under a new partnership between the two companies announced yesterday.

The UK solar and power storage specialist will provide the design, procurement, installation, commissioning, and maintenance of the utility-scale system, which is expected to come online adjacent to Shell's Bacton gas terminal site in the summer.

"We are delighted to be partnering with Shell New Energies on this exciting new project in the storage sector," said Anesco's executive chairman Steve Shine. "It marks another significant milestone for us at Anesco. We have fully complied with Shell's high standards of quality and safety and that is a massive compliment to the Anesco team."

The companies declined to reveal precisely what the battery storage system would be used for at the site, nor the length or remit of the partnership deal they have agreed.

However, given recent reports that Shell's New Energies division is looking to double its investment in green energy projects to $4bn each year globally, after promising to halve the carbon footprint of the energy it sells by 2050, the deal provides further evidence of the oil giant's growing interest in clean technologies.

Last year, Shell Ventures also invested in German solar and battery storage specialist sonnen, with the two agreeing a strategic partnership "in areas that offer synergies" including integrated energy, EV charging, and the provision of grid services.

Anesco is the developer behind the UK's first subsidy-free solar farm, a 10MW facility bolstered by five battery storage units which opened at Clayhill in Bedfordshire in September 2017. The company has also been working with Premier Inn to install solar panels on the roofs of more than 150 of its UK hotels.