The Anonymous Widower

Groundbreaking Green Energy Hub Planned For Former Thorpe Marsh Power Station Site

The title of this post, is the same as that of this press release from the Banks Group.

This is the introductory paragraph.

Outline plans are set to be revealed for the creation of a groundbreaking green energy hub at the former Thorpe Marsh power station site near Doncaster.

Other details include.

  • The 1 GW Thorpe March coal-fired power station closed in 1994 and was demolished in 2012.
  • The project would take advantage of the site’s existing 1,450MW connection to the National Grid.
  • The storage capacity will be 2.8 GWh.
  • The site is a a 65-hectare area of land to the west of the village of Barnby Dun.

It is thought to be the largest battery energy storage system currently being planned in the UK, and one of the largest anywhere in the world.

T have a few thoughts.

The Site At Barnby Dun

This Google Map shows the site to the West of Barnby Dun.

Note.

  1. The power station site is indicated by the six cooling towers.
  2. The Doncaster and Hull railway line runs across the map to the North of the cooling towers.
  3. The cooling towers were demolished in 2012, according to Wikipedia.
  4. More recent images on the web show a cleared site, with six concrete circles, where the towers once stood.
  5. There is a sub-station to the South of the former power station.
  6. The River Don runs North-South on the map.
  7. Barnby Dun is the village to the East of the River Don.

Because of the towers, I’m unsure of the date of the map. Are Google’s maps ten years old?

The site certainly has the three most important things; location, location and location.

I suspect too, that large pieces of equipment could be floated in by barge.

The Type Of Storage

The press release just talks of a 2.8 GWh battery, but what type is it?

Lithium-Ion

This section in Wikipedia gives details of the world’s largest lithium-ion grid batteries.

  • At 2.8 GWh the Thorpe Marsh battery would be bigger than any lithium-ion batteries, that are currently in operation, anywhere in the world.
  • It would also be the third largest lithium-ion battery in the world, under development.
  • It’s up there with a smaller-scale pumped storage hydro-electric power station like Ffestiniog power station.

I suspect that this battery might not be lithium-ion but one of the newer technologies.

Gravitricity

I suspect that a Gravitricity battery would be too small.

Highview Power

On the Projects page of the Highview Power web site, there is a list of their UK projects.

One project is headlined Yorkshire, UK and it is described like this.

Highview Power’s second commercial renewable energy power station in the UK is a 200MW/2.5GWh facility in Yorkshire. This is the first of 18 sites for UK wide deployment strategically located to benefit from the existing transmission infrastructure.

Could this 2.5 GWh project be the 2.8 GWh battery planned for Thorpe Marsh?

300 MWh is not a big difference between friends.

A Meeting About The Power Station

This article on the Doncaster Free Press is entitled Plans For Former Thorpe Marsh Power Station To Be Turned Into Green Energy Hub.

The article gives a lot of useful information and says this about the meeting.

The launch of the plan will take place with a surgery in Barnby Dun Parish Hall, Wednesday 2 November, 2pm-7:30pm.

I shall be going to have a look on the 2nd. Would anybody care to join me?

The article does have an artists’s impression of the battery, but it is a stock image of a series of lithium-ion batteries, that came from the Banks Group press release.

 

October 19, 2022 - Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. It is rather curious that Google’s satellite imagery is so old. AFAICS they only give a copyright date, not the date of the specific images – unlike Street View, which for that area are dated Apr 21 (and show no sign of any cooling towers).

    I’d be pretty sure the batteries planned are Li-ion. Once the newer types have proved themselves at scale, I would imagine they will be cheaper and will take over from Li-ion for this type of large-scale grid-connected storage.

    Comment by Peter Robins | October 19, 2022 | Reply

  2. It’s just that Highview’s battery has not been located yet and this would be an ideal site for a giant CRYOBattery.

    The locals might have some large liquid air tanks towering over the village to the West, but they’ve lived with cooling towers for years.

    There also has been little news from Carrington of either good or bad.

    Comment by AnonW | October 19, 2022 | Reply


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