Bolney Green Energy Hub

The Proposals

We are seeking to deliver new battery storage technology on the site, alongside an education centre for young people, with the aim of offering an innovative solution to the challenges we face in making our energy network safe, secure and sustainable.

We are seeking to deliver new battery storage technology on the site, with the aim of offering an innovative solution to the challenges we face in making our energy network safe, secure and sustainable.


The proposed development submitted to Mid Sussex District Council intends to deliver 200 MW of new battery storage technology at this important strategic location, less than 500m from Bolney National Grid Substation. This is alongside the use of two consented agricultural style barns on site for construction and operational storage and maintenance.


The battery facility comprises 184 batteries and 46 inverters, which are substantially smaller than those proposed at the consultation stage, at 9.7m L x 2.1m W x 2.8m H and 6.1m L x 2.4m W x 2.7m H, respectively.


Responding to your feedback 

In finalising our planning application for the site, we have responded to the feedback received when the initial proposals were presented to residents and stakeholders earlier this year, addressing key questions and concerns as follows:


1) Visual impact: Significant screening is proposed on all sides and we have increased the screening along the southern boundary by 5 metres, to between 12 and 20m, in response to feedback. A 15m wide landscape and biodiversity enhancement buffer will be provided on the western side to protect the Ancient Woodland. To the east, the existing mature planted boundary will be enhanced with a significant 10m wide landscape boundary. A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment is submitted alongside the application, which predicts that the development will have few overall effects on landscape features and that the new built form features will not typically be visible.


2) Noise: The battery storage systems are equipped with noise attenuation and the Noise Impact Assessment submitted alongside the planning application finds that the worst-case noise levels from the facility would have a low impact during the day and night-time period at all nearest noise-sensitive receptors assessed. Noise from the facility would fall into the No Observed Effect Level (NOEL).


3) Safety: The proposed systems use Lithium-ion technology and employ the safest of all chemistries, Lithium-Iron-Phosphate (LFP). LFP has a strong track record on thermal safety and contains no toxic heavy metals or carcinogens. Furthermore, each LFP battery cell contains multi-layered protection and is housed in sealed aluminium casing, offering additional protection, excellent thermal conductivity and cooling performance. Each battery system is also equipped with automatic fire detection and suppression systems. Once operational, two permanent staff will be based on site to monitor the facility and there will be a 24/7 security presence.


4) Education centre: Feedback received demonstrated that a proportion of the local community were opposed to the education centre previously proposed, with concerns being raised by key stakeholders around lack of local need for such a use, overdevelopment of the site, and potential traffic impact. Envirotech has listened to these concerns and has taken the decision to progress the application without this provision.


5) Construction traffic: Residents raised concerns about previous impact of construction vehicles on the condition of Wineham Lane. As such, the applicant has committed to undertaking a road condition review before and after construction, in order to measure and mitigate against any impacts during this phase.


Economic landscape of the renewables sector

“Push Me, Pull You!” Subsidies, Taxes, and Storage
It is difficult to understand the logic behind Britain’s policy toward renewable energy. To meet its plans for a low-carbon economy it has been estimated that Britain requires £1.4 trillion of investment to fund its transition to net zero by 2050 , but in the recent budget, the government has announced plans to tax excess profits at a rate of 45% of some renewable energy companies who have been the recipients of past public support to induce investment to raise generating capacity. According to the statement by Jeremy Hunt justifying the decision: “The structure of our energy markets creates windfall profits for low-carbon electricity generation. “
Reform wholesale electricity pricing before the next crisis
In this paper we argue that the United Kingdom is evolving from a hierarchical vertical linear electricity system to a decentralised complex system. However, as the electricity system’s structural complexity increased, there has been no attempt to modify a broken regulatory system where the politically sensitive price-capped retail price for energy is based on distorted national wholesale prices which no longer reflect actual local market supply or demand conditions for electricity nor provide the correct market signals necessary to attract investment to meet net-zero targets.
Sky News on the importance of batteries
Sky News reports that batteries will become increasingly important to the energy grid as the UK transitions to green energy. Power storage will also become more critical as our electric demand increases.
Stagflation and Net Zero
It is popular to blame the invasion of Ukraine on rising energy inflation, particularly oil and gas prices, but there are sound structural reasons why the cost of generating electricity from these sources will continue to rise globally in the coming years. Russia’s militarism is a humanitarian disaster and will place inflationary pressures on food prices, but despite these problems, the UK government is hiding behind the short-term consequences and is not honestly communicating the real economic cost of moving to net-zero by 2050 and meeting the planned carbon reductions by 2030. In addition, the policy measures such as raising interest rates that are being promoted by many economists to meet the problem of stagflation (rising prices and falling output) will only exacerbate the pathology, while making the transition to a low-carbon future more painful.
EnviroTech’s Energy Station wins award for the most innovative energy project
The EnviroTech team were incredibly honoured to receive the much-coveted 'most innovative energy project' award for their EnviroTech Energy Station, which helps reduce energy cost while providing security of supply.
Britain at risk of winter blackouts, warns system operator.
The Guardian Newspaper reports there is a greater risk of blackouts owing to the closure of coal plants and nuclear reactors.
‘Energy Station’ does the power of good at Eton College
The installation of an innovative “Energy Station” is helping GRAHAM to reduce its carbon footprint and manage power demands more efficiently at Eton College.
MP calls for massive green private sector investment
Government policy needs to focus on enabling the private private-sector to invest heavily in the green industries of the future such as clean technologies for heating homes and institutions, for the expansion of electric vehicles, expanding renewable energy’s role in transmission and building battery storage capacity to balance the distribution of energy in the aftermath of the corona virus crisis.
Local Authorities lead the way in second-life storage
Local authorities across the country are leading the way in making progress towards the government’s Net Zero target. The important, and potentially profitable, role in delivering green energy is being seized by forward thinking Country Councils in West Sussex and Suffolk in the South of England.
Electricity storage will be exempt from planning regime
The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has stated it will bring forward secondary legislation to exempt all size storage facilities (except pumped hydro) from the national planning regime in England.
Net-Zero Skills Gap needs urgent action
Transforming the British economy to achieve Net Zero by 2050 will need the spending of billions of pounds in new investment on a green infrastructure.
The CCC says all that’s required is for the government to just go for it.
Today’s progress report – meant to assess the government’s annual progress against climate targets – is unlike any other that precedes it.
Demand for storage surging
The expected rate of return on battery storage facilities is rising sharply as demand is far outpacing supply. In the short-term the imbalances stemming from the fall off in the demand for electricity stemming from the COVID-19 induced downturn in economic activity is pushing up the utilisation of off grid batteries.
The Covid-19 pandemic
Envirotech Energy Solutions has put measures in place to help protect its team, investors, and clients during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Even though our London offices are currently closed, it’s still very much business as usual!
Battery Storage now competitive with gas plants for peak loads
New data just published by BloombergNEF illustrates that the achievable levelised cost of electricity (LCOE) for battery energy storage means that “new-build batteries can be competitive on cost with gas peaker plants.”
Committee on Climate Change calls for a green recovery
The Committee on Climate Change, CCC, the statutory body set up in 2008 to provide independent advice to the nations of the United Kingdom on tackling climate change, has written a letter to the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, cced to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, stressing that a green recovery must be a fundamental part of rebuilding the nation following the COVID-19 pandemic.
Britain needs to raise storage capacity tenfold by 2024
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has produced a report 'Greening the Recovery' urging government fiscal policy makers to “green” their response to the current economic crisis caused by the corona virus pandemic.
Bank of England fails to exclude buying fossil fuel assets
The Bank of England is missing out on a crucial opportunity to nudge the British economy further in a green direction through its asset purchasing scheme for corporate bonds.
Pandemic impact underlines the need for more energy storage
The importance of the role which energy storage can play in providing energy security across the power delivery network, has been brought home as households and those business and institutions still operating in Britain are threatened by the risk of power blackouts as a result of the corona virus pandemic.
The Economics of Renewables
Renewable energy is not just the means by which humanity will deal with the existential threat of climate change.

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