The innovative system is made from used Renault Kangoo electric vehicle batteries. It has been manufactured and installed to provide opportunities to research how electricity can be stored ready for use when it is needed. The BESS has now started gathering data and demonstrating the potential to reduce carbon emissions, as well as cash savings by lowering building running costs.
The Hold first opened to the public in September 2020 and was officially opened by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester in September 2021. The £20million building is a partnership between Suffolk County Council and the University of Suffolk and is home to more than 900 years of history safely preserved by Suffolk Archives.
Cllr Andrew Reid, Cabinet Member for Heritage at Suffolk County Council, said: “The Hold is home to some nine centuries of historical archives, as well as being a visitor centre, exhibition space and an important venue for local communities.