AES to complete battery energy storage mid-2016

by Myrna Velasco – January 2, 2016

from Manila Bulletin

The battery-based energy storage of American firm AES Corporation at its Masinloc coal plant site in Zambales is up for completion middle of next year.

That will then add 10 megawatts of interconnected capacity to its facility that will expectedly “enhance the reliability of the Luzon grid.”

As set on blueprint, the proposed Masinloc Array will be equipped with the Advancion energy storage solution of the US firm.

This is a pioneering effort when it comes to commercial-scale deployment of battery energy storage in the Philippines, thus, all eyes are on the outcome of such technology experiment.

The battery installation broke ground mid-December at the 600-MW Masinloc plant site – graced by AES Asia strategic business unit president Marty Crotty along with energy officials and executives and officials from the host local government unit.

Following this Luzon grid venture, AES indicated that it will push next its planned installations in the Visayas grid – primarily the one targeted for Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.

According to AES Philippines managing director Neeraj Bhat, “battery-based energy storage will play a critical role in tomorrow’s grid,” with the technology “helping to improve stability, lower total system costs and incorporate higher volumes of renewable energy projects.”

For the Kabankalan project, Bhat said it “will improve the Visayas grid’s ability to incorporate the significant volume of solar power coming on-line in the region in early 2016.”

Battery storage is not only offered in the power marketplace to beef up supply, but primarily to improve grid reliability especially in systems with high penetration of intermittent renewable energy sources.