Abengoa Solar and E.ON Climate & Renewables partner on Sp...
Targeting one of the top regions in Europe for solar radiation, Abengoa Solar and E.ON Climate & Renewables have teamed up to co-own and co-operate two 50MW Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) plants in Southern Spain.
The partners plan to invest roughly € 550 million in the facilities, with the intent of beginning operation in 2011 and 2012. The two solar power plants will distribute enough power combined to supply 52,000 homes and to cut 63,000 tonnes of carbon emissions.
E.ON's participation in the projects is awaiting approval from the EU Commission under merger control policy.
"Solar Power will be the next strong pillar in E.ON's renewables portfolio. Our entry into CSP complements our recent moves into the photovoltaic business and we will now stand on two feet in solar in the future," says Frank Mastiaux, CEO of E.ON Climate & Renewables, in a recent press release. "I am also delighted to be working with Abengoa. We have found an experienced partner with whom we want to drive CSP to new levels of performance."
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(Edited by Kevin Doyle)
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
Global energy storage updates
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