The system will be capable of responding to fluctuations in electrical demand in less than a second. It will be constructed at the site of the former Roosecote coal and gas-fired power stations in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK.

Centrica will own and operate the system, which is expected to be completed by winter 2018.

Younicos software will make sure that the system will meet the several requirements set by the UK Transmission System Operator.

The company has already installed more than 150 MW of battery storage across the world. It built Europe’s first commercial battery in Schwerin, Germany, and provided the software and controls for UK Power Network’s 6MW Smarter Network Storage project in Leighton-Buzzard.

Younicos CEO Stephen Prince said:  “With prices for renewable power as well as for battery technology in steep and continuous decline, battery storage systems are the best solution to quickly build more flexible, stable and cost-effective grids.

“I’m gratified that Centrica and Younicos will have the opportunity to demonstrate the technical and economic value of batteries in meeting peak demand, while also improving grid performance and resiliency for ratepayers in the UK in the years to come.”

Younicos provide utilities, independent power producers, microgrids and C&I customers with storage systems, supporting frequency response, peak shaving and capacity, integrated photovoltaic and storage solutions and grid-forming renewable energy systems.

Centrica distributed energy & power business intends to help businesses and other large energy users to take control of their energy.