Swindon Borough Council has submitted a planning application to build a 50MW energy storage plant via its wholly-owned subsidiary Power Public Solutions.

If planning consent is obtained, the Mannington Depot project is expected to be operational by 2019.

The lithium-ion battery scheme will provide balancing services for National Grid.

The batteries will be housed in containers with a 30-year lifespan for the project as a whole, and offer significant land rental value for Swindon Borough Council for a brownfield site, the council said.

Swindon Borough Council cabinet member for sustainability Toby Elliott said: “I am really excited by this battery storage project, which builds on the success of our award-winning community solar farm schemes and shows that Swindon is once again blazing the trail in the clean energy field.

“It also shows how our inventive use of technology can generate an income for the council at a time when we are having to close a £30m funding gap over the next two and a half years."

Image: Battery storage (Leclanche)