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    Banks intends to transform a power plant into a massive battery

    The former Thorpe Marsh power station site near Doncaster, South Yorkshire, will become the site of a green energy centre, according to preliminary plans to be published by Banks Group.


    The developer hopes to turn the abandoned power plant into a flexible energy management hub and install what it claims is the largest battery energy storage system ever proposed in the UK using the site’s existing 1450 MW connection to the National Grid.


    In order to “ensure reliable and stable” power grid functioning during periods of peak demand, the hub would be designed to store up to 2.8 gigawatt hours of energy. It would also support the UK’s ongoing efforts to achieve its net zero aspirations.


    Plans for the site by Banks Group call for integrating biodiversity elements such as wetlands, woods, and species-rich grassland on a 65-hectare plot of land to the west of Barnby Dun.


    In accordance with the company’s “development with care” philosophy, a thorough public engagement process about Banks’ proposals for the regeneration of Thorpe Marsh power station will be carried out over the coming months.


    The proposals will be unveiled during a surgery event in November at Barnby Dun Parish Hall.


    If planning authority is granted, Banks hopes to have the flexible energy centre operational by the middle of the decade while working through the battery design process.


    Since the power station was shut down in 1994, a number of proposed uses for the Thorpe Marsh site have been made, but none have ever materialised.


    Senior community relations manager at The Banks Group, Lewis Stokes, said: “This is a nationally important project that will put South Yorkshire at the forefront of developments in the increasingly important energy storage industry.”


    “Our vision is to deliver a range of long-term environmental, energy security, employment, economic and community benefits through the reclamation and restoration of this landmark site while also supporting the UK’s drive towards its crucial net zero targets.”


    “The Thorpe Marsh Green Energy Hub would utilise the site’s large grid capacity to facilitate the increased deployment of renewable energy technologies on the National Grid network, so that more of the energy that we all use in our homes, businesses, schools and hospitals can be generated via renewable means.”


    Banks anticipates being ready to start construction on site by 2024 if the planning applications for the various components of the project are accepted by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council, which might be presented in the upcoming months.

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