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Engie selects energy storage system for solar-wind plant

Battery storage system will be co-located with over 5MW of wind and solar generation capacity at a medium voltage substation

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French utility giant Engie is to deploy a 1 megawatt (MW), 4 megawatt-hour (MWh) grid-scale energy storage solution for its hybrid solar and wind demonstration project in Brazil.


Engie has partnered with Eos Energy Storage and Northern Power which will work together to manufacture and supply the turn-key, fully-integrated energy storage system combining Eos’ Aurora battery with Northern Power’s FlexPhase power conversion technology and intelligent controls.


“The Engie installation is indicative of an increasing trend within the utility industry, where key players are implementing energy storage as a strategic tool to integrate renewable energy while improving the efficiency and reliability of the grid,” said Chris McKay, director of sales, Northern Power Systems.


The battery storage system will be co-located with over 5MW of wind and solar generation capacity at a medium voltage substation in Tubarão, Brazil.


It represents Engie’s first large-scale deployment of an Eos Aurora system in South America and follows extensive prototype testing at its Batteries Lab located in Linkebeek, Belgium. Northern Power’s engineering design team will lead the field installation of the energy storage system with construction beginning this summer.


“The integrated battery system from Eos and Northern represents a combination of a new promising Zinc based energy storage solution and a new digital based piloting system, which are attractive both from a cost and performance perspective,” said Raphael Schoentgen, research and technology director at Engie.


“This demonstration project sets a new milestone on the road where a combination of renewables energies and storage capacities will in the end outcompete the traditional pattern of conventional generation and grid infrastructure, and thus allow meeting peak demand while integrating increasing amounts of renewable energy,” added Philippe Bouchard, vice president of business development, Eos.


“As prices continue to decline rapidly with scale, utilities will be empowered to deploy batteries ubiquitously at substations or co-located with generation.”


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