New battery storage site could be installed in Cults near Marcliffe Hotel

Plans could see a large battery storage facility installed in a bid to help Scotland reach its net zero goals
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A new battery storage project could soon be installed near Cults that could help Scotland reach its net zero goals.

Flexion Energy UK Storage wants to install the 40MW energy storage units on land at Newton of Pitfodels.

The 1.9 hectare Craigton battery storage site would be found just off Countesswells Road, near the Ben Reid Garden Centre.

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It would also sit one field away from the Countesswells sports fields and just a five minute drive away from the popular Marcliffe Hotel.

Battery storage facilities are needed to store and release energy generated from renewable sources, such as wind turbines and solar farms.

Developers argue this new development would help Scotland reach its net zero targets.

In planning documents, agents Stantec say the facility would “contribute towards increasing dependency on low carbon technology”.

They also state that the UK Government estimates this technology could save the country’s energy system up to £40 billion by 2050 and help lower energy bills.

The proposed site would be just minutes away from the popular Marcliffe Hotel
The proposed site would be just minutes away from the popular Marcliffe Hotel -Credit:LDRS

Storage facilities like this will also help to ensure homes and businesses can be powered by low carbon energy through all weathers.

This particular site would be hooked into the National Grid.

Control systems would decide when to release the energy back or store it for use when there is demand for it.

The site itself was specifically chosen as due to its “suitable” size and proximity to the Craigiebuckler substation.

It is currently used for horse grazing but its current landowners have agreed to give up the field for the proposed development.

There will be 48 storage battery units on the site along with security lighting and infrared CCTV cameras.

But, developers have said acoustic fencing would be placed around the site along with new landscaping to ensure the development is hidden from sight.

This proposal comes after plans for a similar development at Danestone were blasted by residents over fire safety concerns.

They fear that the facility, earmarked for development at the former piggery next to the RGS Hutchison and Sons scrap yard, could go up in flames after a similar site in Liverpool went up in smoke a few years ago.