A groundbreaking solution for the foundations of Battery Energy Storage Systems
RADIX offers a complete all-in-one solution for your battery storage project, from project design and planning to ground testing and installation of our specially designed helical screw piles.
We design, manufacture, and install bespoke structural platforms to safely secure your batteries, PCS units, inverters, transformers, auxiliary units, substations and more.
Why use us for your BESS project? Speed, Efficiency, Sustainability, Quality, and Value
Our process significantly reduces program lengths, allowing you to control your program schedules and operate faster.
- Full project planning, design, and load-testing services
- Fast installations reduce program lengths by 50% compared to concrete
- Hit your milestones and energise your BESS project faster
- Reduce costs by avoiding heavy excavations, removal of spoils, and large piling mats.
- Elevated platforms provide easy access to install BESS units, increase flood prevention, and offer natural cooling
- Individual Screw piles can instantly hold 75kN upwards
- Install your battery units on site sooner and secure them immediately
- Avoid costly delays due to bad weather or challenging ground conditions
What sets RADIX apart from the competition for BESS projects?
- RADIX is the UK’s largest stockist and supplier of screw piles, with experience installation teams and depots across the country. This allows us to react faster to your needs, especially if you are on strict timelines.
- We are the market leader in screw pile foundations for all scales of solar and battery storage projects, handing over these renewable projects on time and within budget across the UK and abroad. With this track records, you can trust in our expertise!
- Our design and planning service, allows you to focus on other important elements of your project, as we have everything in hand.
- Our experience allows us to instantly make recommendations and pivot quickly to a better solution for you. Many issues can arise with foundation work, but we know how to deal with them.
A complete service for companies and contractors involved in BESS projects
From the moment we engage with you about your project, you will find our team to be informative, friendly, and professional.
As the leading ground screw and screw pile company in the UK, our goal of a net-zero future is a top priority, so our continued focus on delivering results for green energy companies is high on our agenda.
We offer project design and planning, site surveys and load-testing, and a highly experienced installation team with the most modern equipment to install our cutting-edge helical screw pile foundations.
Site Surveys & Load Testing
We can provide the empirical data on which ground screws and screw piles are specified for your project.
Project Design & Planning
Our experienced team can help design the foundations and structural base to meet your project specifications.
Installing battery energy storage systems on our strong and sustainable foundations
Once we understand your full project requirements, we’ll be able to deliver an efficient, robust, and sustainable foundation solution for your battery energy storage system.
- Contact us to discuss your BESS project
Engage with us and supply us with as much information as possible about what you are building, the site location, ground conditions, access points, etc
- We analyse your BESS project and create a plan
Once we understand your project requirements, our team will create a project plan and issue a preliminary quotation and our project terms.
- Design and planning the best solution for your foundations
We carry out site surveys, load testing calculations, and gather all the information we need from you and other sources to design your foundations. We document everything and update quotes if required.
- We manufacture bespoke steel frames if required
If your project requires us to add steel structural bases to support the units we will manufacture these.
- Installing the screws and steel frames
Using our state of the art screw piling machinery, the screw foundations are installed. The alignment and heights are constantly checked. Documentation is constantly updated.
- Battery Energy Storage Systems are mounted
Once the foundations are in, you can instantly load the battery units on top
BESS project case studies
At RADIX, we have installed our screws and bespoke structural platforms for BESS projects across the United Kingdom, and we’re also excited to be supporting renewable energy projects abroad.
Have a look at our other renewable energy case studies.
100MW BESS Development, Sheffield
Supply and installation of screw pile foundations and bespoke steel subframes for a 100MW BESS development in Sheffield, UK.
50MW BESS Development, Maldon
RADIX Screw Piles are providing the efficient and robust foundations for this BESS project for G2 Energy, helping cut the programme delivery time by 60%.
The most sustainable foundations you can use for your BESS project
Using RADIX’s helical screw piles for your foundations is better for the environment, with a screw pile foundation releasing on average 60% less embodied carbon (CO2e) than a concrete plinth, while also cutting your programme times significantly.
Save time, money, and protect the world for future generations.
BESS stands for Battery Energy Storage Systems.
These are systems of one or more battery units that store energy from different sources and then discharge it when required. These battery storage systems consist of rechargeable batteries that are intended to back up the grid and supply energy when reserves are low, thus improving the stability of the grid and hopefully avoiding power outages. BESS is typically associated with storing energy from renewable energy sources like solar or wind.
Yes. Load-bearing capacities will depend on the ground conditions and the depth screw piling will achieve, but we can safely achieve installation of screw piles for BESS developments up to 10m and achieving 130kN per screw pile.
We have, for example, installed our screw foundations to depths exceeding 16m and achieved a load-bearing capacity of 200kN per screw pile. Our hybrid helical screw pile system will be capable of providing not only strong and secure foundations, but add to the sustainability factor of what a BESS project is based upon.
We do not require the heavier-duty installation equipment to install our screw foundations, which in turn reduces the thickness of the piling mat required, and the associated costs and time to build a large piling mat. With no need to remove spoils or bring materials to site, vehicle movements are reduced by approximately 66%.
Yes! Screw piles altogether avoid the need for heavy excavations, meaning no spoils need to be removed from site, saving additional time and lowering project costs.
We deploy our hydraulic installation machines on BESS projects, either in a mix of our all-in-one crawler rigs, or hydraulic drives to provide greater torque on installations. Our installation process allows smaller machinery, with lower costs, to access difficult locations and rapidly install the foundations, which leads to your BESS project being ready on time and within budget. Hit your milestones and energise your project faster with our dynamic foundation solutions!
Utilising our agile and powerful installation equipment, our screw foundation solutions can overcome challenging site locations and tough ground conditions, accessing built-up urban or off-grid areas and overcoming areas of soft and waterlogged ground. With our extendable screws, we can reach the load-bearing ground required to support your BESS modules.
Sadly no, as some projects still go ahead building on concrete as a foundation solution, which is ironic considering battery energy storage systems are part of a chain aimed at increasing the use of renewable, cleaner energy, and concrete (cement) is one of the largest contributors to carbon emissions.
If you want to make a difference, start demanding for alternative foundation solution to concrete, like our screw piles… they are better in many ways!
Learn more about Screw Piles vs. Concrete.
A BESS stores the energy using battery storage technology. Energy is typically collected from green energy sources like wind or solar panels, in addition to the electricity network. When power is required, the batteries will release energy to balance the grid, supplement peaks and restore power from outages.
A battery storage system collects energy from various sources, typically renewable sources like solar and wind, and stores it in the batteries in order to release it when it is needed.
Innovative Energy Storage: Empowers sustainable energy management by storing surplus power during low-demand periods and discharging it during peak demand, minimising the necessity for additional generation and fostering a balanced grid.
Grid Stability Reinforcement: Ensures grid stability, allowing for smoother power flow and reducing blackouts, thus promoting a more dependable energy supply.
Seamless Renewable Integration: Capitalising on excess energy generated from renewable sources like wind and solar, BESS enhances the seamless integration of these intermittent energy solutions into the grid.
Peak Shaving and Cost Savings: Businesses can utilise BESS to lower peak energy consumption, yielding considerable cost savings by avoiding high-demand charges.
Reliable Backup Power: Guarantees a fail-safe source of backup power during outages, safeguarding continued operations for mission-critical facilities.
Energy Cost Reduction: By leveraging stored energy during peak hours and buying electricity during off-peak times, BESS contributes to lowering energy expenses.
Eco-friendly Benefits: Decreases greenhouse gas emissions by maximising utilisation of clean energy sources, reducing dependence on fossil fuel-based power plants.
Dynamic Demand Response: With its ability to rapidly adapt to demand or supply fluctuations, BESS serves as an invaluable asset for demand response programs and grid management.
To summarise, BESS is a vital element in optimising energy usage and fortifying grid stability reliability, and promoting the integration of renewable energy sources, making them a valuable asset in the energy market.