Wärtsilä bags EPC contract for energy storage project in South East Asia

WCN Editorial Team 25 Jul 2019 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

Technology group Wärtsilä has been awarded an EPC contract for a 100MW/100MWh capacity energy storage project in South East Asia.

The energy storage system facility, which will comprise the Greensmith GEMS advanced software platform and GridSolv, will be delivered to an undisclosed customer. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed.

The Wärtsilä’s new energy storage project is expected to provide part of the reliability required to support South East Asia’s transition to carbon-free resources.

The Greensmith GEMS energy storage software and integration platform is designed to respond near-instantly to smooth the integration of renewables while enabling the grid to emerge more stable and responsive.

Capable of ensuring grid operators to rely on renewables as baseload power, GEMS’ grid support applications include voltage and frequency regulation, reactive power support, spinning reserve, ramp rate optimisation, renewable energy output smoothing and energy arbitrage.

The GridSolv standardised energy storage solution will complement Wärtsilä’s GEMS software platform, offering the most robust optimisation of grid assets and protection of energy storage investment for customers, the firm said.

Typically housed in an ISO 40ft container and containing batteries, power distribution, safety, fire suppression, and air conditioning systems, the GridSolv solution offers maximum flexibility and speed of deployment.

Intended for grid support purposes, the new energy storage facility will help the region in its transition to increased renewable energy capacity.

Wärtsilä said it is designing and building flexible systems that integrate renewables, traditional thermal assets and energy storage, enabling the transition towards 100% renewable energy around the world.

In 2018, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) pledged commitment to meet 23% of its primary energy needs from renewable sources by 2025.

Wärtsilä said in a statement: “The region is aiming to leverage its abundant wind and solar resources and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, especially as grid systems develop and economies grow.”

Caption: Wärtsilä will build energy storage project in South East Asia. Photo: courtesy of Wärtsilä.

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