Pen Y Cymoedd supplies electricity

09.05.2017
The power output of Pen Y Cymoedd corresponds to the household electricity consumption of 188,000 British homes. (Photo: Vattenfall)
The power output of Pen Y Cymoedd corresponds to the household electricity consumption of 188,000 British homes. (Photo: Vattenfall)

The onshore wind farm „Pen y Cymoedd“ in Wales is fully operational. This has been announced by its owner Vattenfall. After the installation of the last of the 76 turbines the park has been started up to the point where it supplies the full amount of electricity it is capable of to the grid.

Vattenfall has the ambition to generate electricity in a smart and climatfriendly way. The “Pen y Cymoedd” wind farm is a milestone on the path. The Park, whose construction began in autumn 2015, is Vattenfall's largest wind farm on land. It is located between Neath and Aberdare in south Wales. The 76 Siemens SWT-3.0-101 turbines are expected to produce about 700 GWh every year.

A storage plant for generated electricity will also be built at Pen y Cymoedd. In March, Vattenfall and the BMW Group signed an agreement for the supply of up to 1,000 lithium-ion batteries this year. Until 2018 several of them are going to be used for the construction of the 22-MW-storage-facility, which is meant to stabilize the UK grid. The facility is going to be the biggest storage in the history of Vattenfall.

"Energy storage and grid stability are the most important issues in the new energy world," according to Gunnar Groebler, Head of Vattenfall Wind. "We want to use the plants where we generate renewable energy from renewable energy sources to drive the transition to a new energy system, and to facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources in energy systems with storage capabilities. The decoupling of generation from consumption and the coupling of different consumption sectors is the focus of our work."

Philipp Kronsbein / Vattenfall

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