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Northumbrian Water plans large-scale battery storage pilot project

Northumbrian Water Ltd. plans to test the use of large-scale battery storage at a number sites across the North East, Essex and Suffolk, in England, according to a Dec. 13 company news release.

The pilot project aims to prove the process' ability to cut down the company's energy costs, in line with Northumbrian Water's business plan for 2020 to 2025, which includes delivering environmental improvements and lowering customers' bills.

The batteries are "second life" lithium-ion units that were recovered from Renault electric vehicles and will be provided by Connected Energy Ltd.

Argonaut Power will cover the investment costs of the pilot project and will also manage the operation of the battery array. Argonaut will also receive a share of the savings and income incurred.

Parties are expected to sign a contract by the end of the year, and the batteries are expected to be in full operation by the end of summer 2019.

Northumbrian Water Limited provides water and sewerage services in England and is ultimately owned by Northumbrian Water Group Ltd.