Wärtsilä Leading 100 MW Energy Storage Project
By Jack Burke25 July 2019
Wärtsilä has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for a 100 MW/100 MWh total capacity energy storage project in South East Asia.
The energy storage system facility, including the Greensmith GEMS advanced software platform and GridSolv, will be used for grid support purposes.
Wärtsilä said it is helping the transition towards 100% renewable energy around the world by designing and building flexible systems that integrate renewables, traditional thermal assets and energy storage. In 2018, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) committed to meeting 23% of its primary energy needs from renewables by 2025. The region is aiming to leverage wind and solar resources and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, especially as grid systems develop and economies grow. Wärtsilä said its 100 MW/100 MWh energy storage project will help provide some part of the reliability necessary to support South East Asia’s transition to carbon-free resources.
The Greensmith GEMS platform is designed to react quickly to smooth the integration of renewables, enabling the grid to emerge more stable and responsive. Grid support applications of GEMS include voltage and frequency regulation, reactive power support, spinning reserve, ramp rate optimization, renewable energy output smoothing and energy arbitrage. GEMS will make it possible for grid operators to rely on renewables as baseload power.
Wärtsilä Energy Business has delivered more than 35 EPC projects totaling 1500 MW in the South East Asia region.