Biogas Generation Pioneer Expands into Flexibility

Battery Energy Storage System

Pioneer of biogas generation, Ylem Energy Ltd has announced that it is expanding its business into providing flexible generation, large-scale energy storage and demand-side response systems that will bolster grid resilience and help businesses save money.

Having recently secured the exclusive UK rights to large-scale battery energy storage systems (BESS) from Dowell, a leading global provider, Ylem Energy will be showcasing the technology with a 1MW battery energy storage system that will be co-hosted at a UK-based landfill-gas generation site in the spring of 2019. This agreement signifies the culmination of Ylem Energy’s investment in flexible generation technologies and complements the company’s move into owning and operating natural-gas-powered peaking facilities at several sites across the UK.

Ian Gadsby, managing director of Ylem Energy Ltd, commented: “We’re delighted to be able to offer this cutting-edge storage technology into the UK market. For almost thirty years, we’ve operated our own fleet of smart energy generation systems that run on gaseous fuels and these storage systems provide an excellent opportunity for us to move further towards providing a range of flexible generation technologies that meet the market conditions created by the modern-day grid operation and energy market.”

“These systems will be used in two ways, one will be to provide network resilience by coming online at short notice to meet the demands of the network – particularly where fluctuations in renewable generation from wind and solar have an impact. The other will be to help reduce our industrial and commercial clients’ reliance on costly peak-time energy tariffs as a wider package of measures.”

The 1MW pilot BESS project, which is planned to be commissioned in early 2019, will be located at a UK-based landfill site and provide flexibility services to the electricity grid, utilising energy generated from landfill gas.

Ylem Energy will be releasing further details of both the systems and this initial project in the coming months.