8 MW / 6 MWh
A balanced grid for the Scottish Shetland Islands
A reliable electricity supply is essential to the local community living on the Shetland Islands, a subarctic archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland. The Lerwick Power Station is the main generator for the grid, with an obligation to deliver uninterrupted power to the island community. The introduction of energy storage will enhance the islands’ security of supply and reduce operating hours on the diesel generators.
Wärtsilä’s 8 MW / 6 MWh energy storage system and GEMS Digital Energy Platform are enabling an increased integration of existing renewable power into the power system, which will help lower CO2 emissions. A combination of flexibility solutions is setting the Scottish archipelago on a path towards a cleaner energy system.
|Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks Distribution
|8 MW / 6 MWh
|Shetland Islands, UK
|Island Grid+, Grid reliability, Renewables integration
|Scope of services
|Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC)
As the electricity distribution network operator responsible for ensuring homes and businesses in Shetland receive a safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity, we're investing in Lerwick Power Station to support full duty operations of the station before it transitions to standby operation when Shetland is connected to the Great Britain electricity system via high-voltage direct current link. The Wärtsilä energy storage system will enhance the inslands' security of supply, while at the same time lowering our carbon footprint."
Wärtsilä’s energy storage solution will facilitate the optimal integration of the existing 12 MW of wind and tidal-generated electricity into the grid, estimated at more than 4300 MWh/annum, while providing further stability to the entire energy system. The system can instantly deliver power in cases where energy supply is interrupted, or support intemittent energy sources, like wind.
The station is currently using diesel generators at partial load in order to have enough capacity in reserve. The storage solution will displace spinning reserve, minimising the operation of diesel generators and storing energy for dispatch as needed, estimated to provide more than 1000 tonnes of fuel savings and 3400 tonnes of CO2 reductions for the customer annually.
The Wärtsilä energy storage system enables local grid modernisation, ensures more reliable energy supply, and accelerates decarbonisation of the power network.
Ensure a balanced grid for the secure supply of (reserve) power
Reduce the operating hours on current diesel generators and displace spinning power generation
Enhanced security of power supply
Upgrade existing infrastructure and integrate renewables to support a reliable islanded grid
Modernise the grid by providing extra energy supply via the storage solution that can instantly deliver power if there are power supply interruptions
Improved utilisation of existing wind power into the system, resulting in further energy infrastructure stability, and reduced CO2 emissions and fuel costs
Integrate and optimise penetration of wind turbine-generated electricity into the grid with the GEMS Digital Energy Platform
Wärtsilä's energy storage system will enhance the Shetland Islands’ security of power supply and reduce operating hours on the diesel generators.
Wärtsilä's Island Grid+ solution is a comprehensive package suite that empowers the delivery of reliable, sustainable and efficient power to islanded grids, ensuring that all assets are used to their full potential.
Wärtsilä has partnered with Pivot Power, an EDF Renewables UK-owned developer, partnered to deliver 100 MW of energy storage capacity across two sites in the UK, enabling the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future.
25 January, 2021