AES breaks ground on energy-storage system in Zambales

by Lenie Lectura – December 21, 2015

from Business Mirror

AES Philippines broke ground on its battery-based energy- storage system at Masinloc in Zambales, which will provide 10 megawatts (MW) of interconnected capacity and enhance the reliability of the Luzon grid.

“AES is pleased to bring this pioneering technology and application to the Philippines.Battery-based energy storage will play a critical role intomorrow’s grid, helping to improve stability, lower total system costs and incorporate higher volumes of renewable-energy projects.

“We look forward to working with key stakeholders to demonstrate the value and capabilities of this technology,” AES Philippines Managing Director Neeraj Bha said.

Once completed by mid-2016, it will be one of the first advanced energy-storage installations in Southeast Asia and among the largest in Asia.

The energy-storage project would strengthen the Luzon grid by providing fast response ancillary services like frequency regulation. This solution is especially valuable to island grids facing challenges in instantaneously matching supply and demand across a smaller pool of resources. Energy storage can perform this function more effectively than traditional grid resources, resulting in cost savings and lower system-wide emissions.

“Our province is proud to be the setting for the development of the first battery-based energy storage in the country. Its development will not only secure quality energy services for the people of Zambales and the rest of Luzon, but also contribute to the continued development of the province,” Zambales Provincial Gov.Hermogenes Ebdane Jr. said.

Bha, Ebdane and AES Asia Strategic Business Unit President Marty Crotty led the groundbreaking ceremony on December 15. Several local government officials and representatives from the Department of Energy, and the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines also participated in the event.

AES is actively developing other energy-storage facilities in the Philippines, including one in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. According to Bha, the Kabankalan project will improve the Visayas grid’s ability to incorporate the significant volume of solar power coming online in the region in early 2016.

AES Philippines is a unit of US energy giant AES Corp., which has 384 MW of interconnected energy storage, equivalent to 768 MW of flexible resource, in operation, construction or late stage development in six countries.