HV Switchgear Enclosure for Pillswood Battery Storage Facility

Project Name: Pillswood Battery Storage Facility
Location: Cottingham, East Yorkshire, UK

This bespoke Switchgear Enclosure was installed at a new battery storage facility in North East England which is capable of powering 300,000 homes for 2 hours.

The Client

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Northern Powergrid (NPG) are one of the major distribution network operators (DNO's) in the UK. They operate in the North East, Yorkshire & Lincolnshire areas of England. With approximately 63,000 substations, 60,000 miles of overhead power lines and 9,650 square miles of underground cabling, they provide power to over 3.9 million homes & businesses within the region.

Pillswood Battery Storage Facility Cottingham

ADE Power Spider Logo The Location

Located in the village of Cottingham, the brand new site is situated adjacent to the National Grid Creyke Beck substation. Creyke Beck will be connected to Dogger Bank Wind Farm, the world's largest offshore wind farm, upon its completion in 2026. Pillswood is Europe's biggest battery storage facility, with the capacity to store up to 196 MWh of electricity in a single cycle, enough to power 300,000 homes for 2 hours

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ADE Power Spider Logo The Situation

The brand new facility required a Control Room fitted-out with relay protection panels, communication panels & SCADA panels for the control & security of the new transformer and electrical components as well as a 132/33kV Switchroom containing 3 main switchgear panels to manage the import & export of electricity between the Tesla battery modules and the National Grid via Creyke Beck Substation. The proposed solution also needed to be raised 2.5m above ground to allow for a secure cable basement for the equipment above to be connected to the battery modules & transformer via underground cables.

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ADE Power Spider Logo The Solution

ADE Power's bespoke design houses both the Control & Switchroom within one secure 16m long, 4.3m wide, 3.5m high enclosure. The enclosure was manufactured & fitted-out with all the control & switching equipment at our Hellaby facility before it was transported to site and crane-lifted on top of a 2.5m high substructure. The unit was also fitted-out with small light & power as per the required specification including: internal & external lighting, heating, air conditioning/cooling systems, ventilation systems & fire detection/alarm systems. Following the positioning & installation of the access platforms & stairs, the module was commissioned by ADE Power electrical engineers in collaboration with Northern Powergrid's on-site project engineers.

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