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Plessey and KiWi Power inaugurate energy-saving battery storage system at Plymouth facility

6 June 2018

Plessey, a leading developer of award-winning optoelectronic technologies and manufacturer of solid-state lighting products, announces the opening of a new 2MW behind the meter (BTM) battery storage solution installed at its flagship manufacturing and R&D site in Plymouth, Devon. The project was completed by KiWi Power, one of the UK’s leading providers of smart energy management services.

This project follows KiWi Power’s success in building two other BTM battery storage systems in the UK. The company is targeting an extensive roll-out of similar BTM projects for high energy users particularly in the commercial and industrial sectors.

The 2MW Tesla battery is controlled by KiWi Power’s proprietary hardware and software platform called KiWi Fruit.

The battery power will earn revenue by fulfilling a frequency response balancing contract with National Grid and help to reduce energy costs for Plessey by providing optimal peak-shaving of power supply in response to fluctuations in demand. Amber Infrastructure Limited provided funding for the project.

Yoav Zingher, CEO of KiWi Power said:

“This installation is further proof of KiWi’s ability to develop, build and operate fully-funded BTM batteries,’ comments Yoav Zingher, CEO of KiWi Power. ‘The Plessey BTM battery follows the success of our other battery projects and is highly complementary to the revenue earning services we already provide to large energy users through demand side response.”

Mike Snaith, Operations Director of Plessey Semiconductors, said:

“We are pleased to be jointly-announcing one of the first BTM installations of this type in the UK. It is good to know our considerable power consumption can be utilised to help stabilise the National Grid supply by delivering a reliable and sustainable power source. Batteries are an increasingly necessary part of the decarbonisation of the UK’s electricity supply.”

An official opening ceremony of the 2MW BTM battery was held on 5 June with attendees including Professor Deborah Greaves (Head of the School of Engineering and the School of Computing, Electronics and Mathematics) at Plymouth University.

Tom O’Shaughnessy of Amber Infrastructure said:

“Behind the Meter battery technology makes huge sense for large energy users. As part of our strategy for the creation of pathfinding sustainable energy projects we hope the BTM battery here at Plessey will encourage further development of BTM projects increasing the flexibility of the electricity network”

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Photo 1 shows Iain Silvester, Chief Financial Officer at Plessey, shaking hands with Yoav Zingher, CEO of KiWi Power. Photos 2 and 3 show the 2MW battery at Plessey Semiconductors (Photos courtesy of KiWi Power)

About Plessey

Plessey is a leading expert in the development and licensing of technologies that are revolutionising the solid-state lighting sector. With its in-depth understanding and breadth of patents relating to GaN-on-silicon, the company has established itself as a valued IP partner to OEMs producing the next generation of photonics solutions. Plessey has been successfully licensing its pioneering sensor technology solutions within the healthcare and automotive sectors for many years. For further information and datasheets, please visit www.plesseysemiconductors.com or email sales@plesseysemi.com.

About KiWi Power

KiWi Power is the UK’s leading demand response aggregator and has been a key player in the UK and internationally since 2009. KiWi Power has been developing, constructing and monetising battery energy storage systems since 2013 and is now has a large portfolio of assets under management in the UK and Europe. Demand response is a unique and powerful application using technology to reduce electricity consumption at peak times across industrial and commercial sites. This creates a greener, more cost- effective grid; reduces the need for inefficient backup power stations and provides vital balancing requirements and security of supply to system operators and end user sites. KiWi Power’s innovative approach is leading the way in evolving the UK demand response market as well as influencing the design, build and operation of demand response programmes around the world.  For further information please visit www.kiwipowered.com

About Amber Infrastructure

Amber Infrastructure Group (Amber) is a leading international infrastructure specialist, providing asset management and investment advisory services in respect of over £8 billion of assets in the UK, Europe, Australia and North America. Amber’s core business focuses on sourcing, developing, advising on, investing in and managing infrastructure assets within the utilities, PPP, transport, renewable energy and regeneration sectors. Amber provides investment advisory services to International Public Partnerships Limited as well as private investment funds, specialising in infrastructure, urban regeneration and energy efficiency. Amber is headquartered in London with offices in Munich, Sydney, Melbourne and San Francisco and employs over 100 people, making it one of the largest international infrastructure specialists. www.amberinfrastructure.com

Contact for editorial information

Nayl D’Souza, Account Director, Publitek

Tel: +44 (0)20 3813 6423

Email: nayl.dsouza@publitek.com

Contact for Plessey company information

Sabine Poppelmann, Communications & Customer Care Manager, Plessey

E-mail: sabine.poppelmann@plesseysemi.com

Contact for KiWi Power 

Yoav Zingher, CEO

Tel: +44 (0)207 183 1030

Contact for Amber Infrastructure 

Erica Sibree

erica.sibree@amberinfrastructure.com

Contact for FTI Consulting

Mitch Barltrop

+44 (0)7807 296 032

mitch.barltrop@fticonsulting.com

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