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Scatec Solar secures first combined solar and battery project with IOM – UN Migration

Scatec Solar has entered into a multiple-year agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to supply solar power to the Humanitarian Hub in Malakal, South Sudan. MAY 7, 2019 SCAT ......

  • South Sudan
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  • 14 Jun 2019
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Description Scatec Solar has entered into a multiple-year agreement with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to supply solar power to the Humanitarian Hub in Malakal, South Sudan. MAY 7, 2019 SCATEC SOLAR ShareIcon FacebookIcon TwitterIcon LinkedInIcon Google PlusIcon WhatsAppIcon Email The Hub is managed by IOM and hosts nearly 300 workers from 34 organisations involved in humanitarian projects in the nearby Protection of Civilians Site and in Malakal town, as well as in the Upper Nile region. The renewable energy provided will reduce the Hub’s diesel fuel usage by 80-90%. “We are excited to have secured our first hybrid solar plant project. This is a key milestone for us as it marks the start of our cooperation with the United Nations. We look forward to providing the sites with clean energy and at the same time contributing to significant costs savings for the UN operations”, says CEO of Scatec Solar, Raymond Carlsen. Scatec Solar has developed the project through its partnership with the Norwegian company Kube Energy. Scatec Solar will design, supply, install and operate a 700 kW capacity PV plant and a 1.6 MWh battery energy storage system that will be connected to the existing diesel generators. The hybrid installation will reduce the diesel consumption for the IOM-managed Humanitarian Hub by 80- 90%, contributing to significant reductions in costs and CO2 emissions. In addition, Scatec Solar has signed agreements with another international agency for two hybrid solar plants with a total capacity of 2.25 MW at two other locations in South Sudan. The projects are scheduled to be completed during fourth quarter 2019 and the solar systems can easily be increased to supply power to local communities or to other off-takers at a later stage. Scatec Solar sees a large potential for future cooperation to support the United Nations in reducing their dependence on fossil fuel.
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Source https://www.pv-magazine.com/press-releases/scatec-solar-secures-first-combined-solar-and-battery-project-with-iom-un-migration/
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Vanadium-flow batteries set for grid-scale project in Australia

Canadian company CellCube Energy Storage Systems and Pangea Energy have signalled their intention to install a 50 MW/200 MWh energy storage system in Port Augusta, South Australia. MAY 15, 2019 PV MA ......

  • Australia
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  • 14 Jun 2019
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Description Canadian company CellCube Energy Storage Systems and Pangea Energy have signalled their intention to install a 50 MW/200 MWh energy storage system in Port Augusta, South Australia. MAY 15, 2019 PV MAGAZINE ENERGY STORAGE ENERGY STORAGE MARKETS & POLICY UTILITY SCALE STORAGE AUSTRALIA OCEANIA Image: Flinders Power ShareIcon FacebookIcon TwitterIcon LinkedInIcon Google PlusIcon WhatsAppIcon Email The benefits of energy storage to networks as renewable energy penetration increases have been well demonstrated by installations like the landmark Hornsdale Power Reserve, which is owned by Neoen, in South Australia. The state could be set to see a second trailblazing storage system installed — in the form of a long duration vanadium flow battery, in Port Augusta. The storage system targets a number of use cases. Not only will the system offer voltage compensation, reactive power and frequency regulation to the grid, but it will also buffer the power from a 50 MW solar project at the same Port Augusta site. The Pangea Storage Project deploys a vanadium redox-flow battery, which the project proponents claim are preferable for utilities for their long duration storage capacity, when compared to lithium-ion batteries. With questions about the stability of the South Australian grid in recent years, as coal generators exit the market, some argue the deployment of long-duration storage is advantageous. The longevity of vanadium redox-flow batteries, facilitated by their reduced degradation, means that they can be integrated with other long-term asset upgrades such as transmission lines and substations, allowing for smoother transitions into the future. One drawback with vanadium, which is traditionally used in steel production, is that it can be expensive. Vanadium electrolyte liquid typically needs to be imported. Interestingly, the technology was first successfully tested at the University of New South Wales in the 1980s. More recently, vanadium redox-flow batteries have primarily been deployed in South Africa and China. “The Pangea Storage Project is a wonderful example of how renewable power generation and a safe, reliable and sustainable energy storage technology such as the vanadium redox-flow battery are a perfect symbiosis to provide renewable baseload today,” said Stefan Schauss, CEO of CellCube. “From the beginning we had always considered the Vanadium Redox-Flow technology in mind,” said Luis Chiang Lin, CEO of Pangea. “Australia has massive vanadium resources and the exploration of vanadium is pretty simple, cheap and does not have the impact on nature and labour conditions such as cobalt or other rare earths in the lithium industry. As such, choosing vanadium and working with CellCube as market leader in the vanadium related storage industry is a perfect match for our project.” The Pangea Storage Project is now in in the latter stages of pre-development at the 79-hectare Port Augusta site. Pending due diligence and review the constructions are set to take place in late 2019.
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Source https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/05/15/vanadium-flow-batteries-set-for-grid-scale-project-in-australia/
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Enertrag, Enel and Leclanche commission 22 MW storage project in Germany

The companies have invested €17 million in the project. The energy stored, in the Brandenburg project, will be used to stabilize the grid and minimize the curtailment of wind farms. MAY 20, 2019 SAND ......

  • Germany
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  • 14 Jun 2019
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Description The companies have invested €17 million in the project. The energy stored, in the Brandenburg project, will be used to stabilize the grid and minimize the curtailment of wind farms. MAY 20, 2019 SANDRA ENKHARDT ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS ENERGY STORAGE GRIDS & INTEGRATION MARKETS STRATEGIC ALLIANCES UTILITY SCALE STORAGE GERMANY Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava; Aristotelis Chantavas, of Enel Green Power; and Enertrag CEO Jörg Müller at the inauguration of the battery storage system in Cremzow. Image: Enertrag ShareIcon FacebookIcon TwitterIcon LinkedInIcon Google PlusIcon WhatsAppIcon Email From pv magazine Germany. German renewable energy company Enertrag, Italy’s Enel Green Power and Swiss specialist Leclanché have inaugurated a 22 MW storage facility in Cremzow, in Brandenburg, northeastern Germany. The consortium has invested around €17 million into construction of the large scale energy storage system, which will provide primary control power and help stabilize the grid. “The Cremzow project shows how storage is increasingly becoming an integral part of renewable energy systems because they make the energy system safer, more flexible and more stable overall,” said Antonio Cammisecra, CEO of Enel Green Power. In addition to the daily contribution to network stabilization, the storage system was also conceived to ensure security of supply. In case of failure of supply, Enertrag CEO Jörg Müller said, the system can be easily restarted. Müller added, storage can now be developed without public support and can turn a profit. “Renewable energy systems are ready for the market,” he said. Wind farm storage According to the consortium, the large scale system in Cremzow will provide primary control power in real time to support the frequency stability of the power network. If grid frequency drops due to high demand for electricity, the battery storage supplies power from the stored energy within 30 seconds. If, in turn, frequency increases due to low demand, the storage system stabilizes the level. The storage project will also be integrated as a primary control unit for the electricity generated by Enertrag wind farms. The company intends to analyze how excess wind power can be stored in the battery to avoid shutting down turbines. The owner of the storage project is a special purpose vehicle in which the German subsidiary of Enel owns 90%, with Enertrag having the balance. Leclanché is supplier of the turnkey storage system and is responsible for integrating the battery, power unit and control software. According to the project partners, more than 600 MW of primary control power were auctioned last year. This month, the auctioned primary balancing capacity has been 605 MW. The share of electricity storage in the market already amounted to 200 MW – around a third – in 2017.
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Source https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/05/20/enertrag-enel-and-leclanche-commission-22-mw-storage-project-in-germany/
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India’s lithium gigafactory ambition raised to 50 GW, tender likely soon

The government is considering financial incentives such as import and export duty waivers to woo battery manufacturers to set up a globally competitive manufacturing base in India. JUNE 12, 2019 UMA ......

  • India
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  • 14 Jun 2019
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Description The government is considering financial incentives such as import and export duty waivers to woo battery manufacturers to set up a globally competitive manufacturing base in India. JUNE 12, 2019 UMA GUPTA ENERGY STORAGE HIGHLIGHTS MARKETS POLICY UTILITY SCALE STORAGE INDIA Foreign as well as domestic battery manufacturers will be courted after the Indian government raised its domestic industry ambition from 40 GW of annual production capacity to 50 GW. Image: Vattenfall ShareIcon FacebookIcon TwitterIcon LinkedInIcon Google PlusIcon WhatsAppIcon Email From pv magazine India. Domestic and overseas manufacturers could soon be invited to set up 50 GW of lithium-ion battery production capacity in India with the government set to consider proposals for financial incentives such as subsidies and duty cuts within a week. That would mean a raised ambition from the previously stated 40 GW aim of the government’s ‘lithium gigafactories’ initiative. “Financial incentives could include reducing minimum alternate tax [duty] by half and import and export duty waivers or cuts for eight years for successful bidders,” stated a quote attributed to a senior official from government thinktank NITI Aayog in a report in the Economic Times newspaper. To ensure timely establishment of the hoped-for manufacturing base, bidding and project completion timelines are expected to be stringent. “NITI Aayog will have to conclude the bidding in six months from cabinet approval … the companies will have to set up the manufacturing facilities by 2022, after which they will get the incentives for eight years until 2030,” the official reportedly told the newspaper. The government has already sought proposals from states about land availability and potential waivers for battery manufacturers. In all, 5-20 locations are likely to be identified. Companies would be invited to bid for setting up battery plants at shortlisted locations. Telangana has pitched for a 5 GW lithium ion plant by announcing the ready availability of 200 acres of land plus power and water for the fab at a concessional rate. The India Energy Storage Alliance expects the market for energy storage to rise to more than 300 GWh by 2025. India currently imports almost all its li-ion batteries and cells. With its ambitious lithium gigafactories plan, the government hopes to cut the country’s dependence on imports as it aims to ensure 30% of road vehicles are electric by 2030.
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Source https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/06/12/indias-lithium-gigafactory-ambition-raised-to-50-gw-tender-likely-soon/
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Moixa to build virtual power plant as first phase of UK smart energy project

The storage supplier will set up a mixed-asset virtual power plant that will initially aggregate up to 2 MW of capacity as the first phase of a planned smart local energy system in southern England. M ......

  • United Kingdom
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  • 13 Jun 2019
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Description The storage supplier will set up a mixed-asset virtual power plant that will initially aggregate up to 2 MW of capacity as the first phase of a planned smart local energy system in southern England. Moixa aims to eventually scale the VPP up to 17 MW. APRIL 18, 2019 BRIAN PUBLICOVER COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL PV COMMUNITY DISTRIBUTED STORAGE ENERGY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS ENERGY STORAGE ENERGY STORAGE FINANCE GRIDS & INTEGRATION INSTALLATIONS MARKETS MARKETS & POLICY POLICY TECHNOLOGY UTILITY SCALE STORAGE UNITED KINGDOM Moixa’s ambitious project will incorporate PV, a solar carport, residential storage, an EV charging hub and a hydrogen refuelling station. Image: Moixa ShareIcon FacebookIcon TwitterIcon LinkedInIcon Google PlusIcon WhatsAppIcon Email London-based Moixa plans to develop a virtual power plant (VPP) that will combine PV, battery storage and electric vehicles (EVs). The installation is part of a broader plan that could span hundreds of households, schools and other buildings in the southern U.K. county of West Sussex, near Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea. It will be the initial phase of a three-year, £40 million Smart Hubs smart local energy system (SLES) project, backed by West Sussex County Council and infrastructure group the Carbon and Energy Fund. “This project will show how solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles at home and in the workplace can play a vital role in creating a smart, low-carbon energy system,” said Chris Wright, Moixa’s chief technology officer. “It will demonstrate the benefits of linking power, heat and transport in one local system and showcase U.K. expertise in an emerging global smart grid market.” The VPP will include a grid-scale battery system composed of secondary EV batteries, as well as a marine source heat pump with a combined heat and power installation. It will also feature air source heat pumps to back domestic boilers in addition to a hybrid refuelling station for EVs and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the nearby town of Horsham. £32 billion of national savings Moixa is part of a U.K. consortium which has already obtained £13 million from the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The company plans to allocate £7.2 million of the funds at its disposal to the mixed-asset VPP, which will initially aggregate up to 2 MW of capacity. It claims the project will be the first in the U.K. to include batteries from different manufacturers, along with EVs that will be plugged into the network. The consortium aims to demonstrate how power, transport and heating technologies can be combined to reduce electricity bills, lower emissions and back the development of smart grids. Members believe the Smart Hubs SLES project could reduce electricity costs by 10%, with the potential for £32 billion of savings if deployed at national level. Flexitricity, an Edinburgh-based demand-response specialist, will manage the VPP once operational, with the aim of eventually establishing a 17 MW system combining different smart technologies. Moixa’s GridShare software will combine more than 1 MW of extra capacity from batteries installed in homes, schools and council offices, which the company says will be sufficient to facilitate trading in most markets. The system will provide services to National Grid as well as other energy companies and distribution networks. It expects to add another 1 MW of capacity to the VPP once EVs are brought on board. Heat for up to 1,000 homes In the autumn, Moixa will start installing 4 MW of PV capacity and 4.2 MWh of battery storage at 250 council homes in Worthing and Shoreham-by-Sea, as well as 100 schools and council buildings. Its GridShare platform will then use artificial intelligence and machine-learning to customize the performance of the systems to the needs of customers. By the end of the year, consortium partners will start working on other smart systems, under the direction of consortium member Advanced Infrastructure. Those elements of the broader project will include a 2 MW marine source heat pump from ICAX that will be connected to a combined heat and power network built by Switch2, a provider of district heating technologies. It will eventually supply heat to more than 1,000 homes in Shoreham-By-Sea. The group will also start installing air-source heat pumps alongside gas boilers in the town this year to establish a hybrid heating network. Upon completion, consortium member PassivSystems will manage that part of the scheme. Newcastle-based Connected Energy will provide a 20 MW storage system featuring second-life EV batteries. EVs will ramp up project The consortium will build a hybrid vehicle refuelling station in Horsham to provide rapid-charging for EVs and vehicles powered by hydrogen fuel cells. It will be supported by a 2 MW solar carport as well as storage from a 1 MW hydrogen electrolyzer. Carport specialist Flexisolar will provide the EV charging facility and solar carport installation and ITM Power will manage the system and provide hydrogen technology. Upon completion, the systems will offer 7.65 MW of generating capacity and roughly 17 MW of storage. From early next year, Moixa will install 250 EV chargers in homes and strategic public building clusters. It will use GridShare to understand the usage patterns of drivers and ensure their vehicles are cost-effectively charged when needed, whether from the project’s solar panels, batteries or off-peak grid energy. When EVs are connected, V2X – vehicle-to-everything – chargers will use their batteries to power homes and offices. The chargers will be able to feed electricity into the network during peak demand periods. EVs generally have 30 kWh batteries – six times the size of the household storage batteries to be used in the project’s trial phase. Moixa says EV batteries will play an increasingly critical role in the VPP project as adoption picks up. Infrastructure savings Honda Motor Europe, a partner of Moixa, will offer support to fully exploit the use of EVs that will be integrated into the regional energy system in West Sussex and Honda will be one of several manufacturers to supply V2X chargers for the project. The consortium hopes to introduce a new model that will serve as a blueprint for similar projects in other parts of the country. It believes nationwide deployment could help the country save £32 billion on infrastructure development through 2035, while encouraging the development of renewable energy and heat pumps, as well as the deployment of more EVs. “The lessons we learn will help the government to plan ahead and adapt our national energy system to the fundamental changes taking place,” said Steve Read, director of energy, waste and environment for West Sussex County Council. “These include the growth in renewable energy supply, increasing demand for energy from electric vehicles and other innovations, and the challenge of balancing energy supply and demand.”
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Source https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/04/18/moixa-to-build-virtual-power-plant-as-first-phase-of-uk-smart-energy-project/
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NEC ES completes 18 MW, 7.5 MWh storage project for EKZ in Switzerland

NEC Energy Solutions has finished installing an 18 MW, 7.5 MWh grid storage system (GSS) in Switzerland for Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich. MARCH 22, 2019 BRIAN PUBLICOVER DISTRIBUTED STORAGE ......

  • Switzerland
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  • 11 Jun 2019
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Description NEC Energy Solutions has finished installing an 18 MW, 7.5 MWh grid storage system (GSS) in Switzerland for Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich. MARCH 22, 2019 BRIAN PUBLICOVER DISTRIBUTED STORAGE ENERGY STORAGE ENERGY STORAGE HIGHLIGHTS MARKETS MARKETS & POLICY STRATEGIC ALLIANCES UTILITY SCALE STORAGE SWITZERLAND WESTERN EUROPE NEC ES has worked on numerous storage projects in Europe, including this one in the UK market, where it has been particularly active. Image: NEC Energy Solutions ShareIcon FacebookIcon TwitterIcon LinkedInIcon Google PlusIcon WhatsAppIcon Email Elektrizitätswerke des Kantons Zürich (EKZ), one of Switzerland’s largest power distributors, owns and runs the GSS, which NEC Energy Solutions (NEC ES) says is the European country’s biggest installed storage project. EKZ is using the system to provide stability to the grid by mitigating frequency deviations. However, the GSS could also be used to provide additional ancillary services, with a payback of five to seven years, according to an online statement. The system has been installed close to a substation in Volketswil, just outside of Zurich. It can provide enough electricity to cater to the daily needs of about 600 average households (families of four). “Battery storage is a vital part of future energy supply,” said Marina González Vayá, an EKZ storage specialist. “The now-completed storage system contributes to the stability of continental Europe’s power grid.” Earlier this month, NEC ES — which produces and integrates storage solutions for the grid and behind-the-meter applications — commissioned a 2 MW, 2 MWh lithium-ion storage system for ENGIE Energía Chile in northern Chile. And in January, it installed two independent 280kW/340kWh distributed storage systems and the NEC group’s proprietary AERO controls software for Consumers Energy in the US state of Michigan. NEC ES was particularly active throughout 2018. In November, it won contracts for 19 MW of storage capacity at two sites just outside of London. In September, it revealed plans to work with Key Capture Energy on a 20 MW storage project in New York state. It also started offering a new DC-coupled storage solution for the solar+storage market. Last April, it agreed to supply a 20 MW GSS to Ørsted UK, to provide services for the UK’s national grid. And in January 2018, it commissioned 50 MW of energy storage capacity in the UK with VLC Energy and VPI Immingham.
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Source https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/03/22/nec-es-completes-18-mw-7-5-mwh-storage-project-for-ekz-in-switzerland/
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500 MW solar-plus-storage project under development in the UK

U.K.-based Tribus and PS Renewables are seeking environmental approval to build the country’s largest PV facility across two sites in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The Sunnica Energy Farm will also incl ......

  • United Kingdom
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  • 11 Jun 2019
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Description U.K.-based Tribus and PS Renewables are seeking environmental approval to build the country’s largest PV facility across two sites in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The Sunnica Energy Farm will also include large-scale storage capacity at both facilities. MARCH 25, 2019 EMILIANO BELLINI HIGHLIGHTS UTILITY SCALE STORAGE UTILITY-SCALE PV UNITED KINGDOM A PV plant built by Wirsol in the UK. Image: Wirsol ShareIcon FacebookIcon TwitterIcon LinkedInIcon Google PlusIcon WhatsAppIcon Email Sunnica Energy, a venture under UK-based companies Tribus and PS Renewables, has requested environmental approval for what could become the U.K.’s largest PV power plant, the 500 MW Sunnica Energy Farm. According to a document published by the U.K. National Infrastructure Planning Service, the project will consist of two sections: the Sunnica East site, located south of Worlington in West Suffolk, and the Sunnica West site, located south of Chippenham in East Cambridgeshire. The electricity generated by the two facilities will be exported from on-site substations to the Burwell National Grid Substation, which is located approximately 11km to the southwest of Sunnica East and approximately 7km to the west of Sunnica West. The document also reveals that construction is scheduled to start in 2022, subject to approval and a final investment decision, with completion planned by spring 2025. “It is anticipated that the scheme could be either be built in phases over approximately three years, or constructed over a continuous period,” the document reads. “At this stage, it is considered that a construction program of approximately 15 months could be achieved if the scheme was built in one continuous phase.” As for the solar and storage technologies to be used in the project, the document says the parameters of the Development Consent Order (DCO) will maintain flexibility to allow the latest technologies to be utilized at the time of construction. The storage systems, however, are expected to feature lithium-ion batteries, while the modules may range in power from 250 W to 400 W or more, depending on advances in technology by the time of construction. The authors of the report also say the plant will rely on central inverters, although they have not ruled out the potential use of string inverters. “There are a number of different designs for the battery energy storage system that will be explored as part of the iterative design process,” they stated. “The precise number of individual battery storage containers will depend upon the level of power capacity and duration of energy storage that the scheme will require; investigations are ongoing to determine this.” If built, the Sunnica Energy Farm will be the U.K.’s largest solar power plant and will compete with other projects under development throughout the world to claim the title of the largest PV facility to include large-scale storage. By the expected date of completion, however, this project may not be big enough to compete with other recently announced large installations, including a 1.5 GW solar project and 500 MWh battery system launched last month in Australia.
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Source https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/03/25/500-mw-solar-plus-storage-project-under-development-in-the-uk/
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UNDP issues tender for 10.5 MW of solar in Gambia

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is seeking proposals for two IPP solar projects with capacities of 7 MW and 3.5 MW, with the larger plant to host some storage capacity. The projects wi ......

  • Gambia The
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  • 11 Jun 2019
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Description The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is seeking proposals for two IPP solar projects with capacities of 7 MW and 3.5 MW, with the larger plant to host some storage capacity. The projects will be awarded PPAs with the Gambia National Water & Electricity Company (NAWEC). APRIL 3, 2019 EMILIANO BELLINI MARKETS UTILITY-SCALE PV GAMBIA Image: tjabeljan, flickr ShareIcon FacebookIcon TwitterIcon LinkedInIcon Google PlusIcon WhatsAppIcon Email The UNDP has issued an expression of interest to select developers interested in building the two plants. The 7 MW project will be built near the town of Farafenni, on the Trans-Gambia Highway in the Gambia’s North Bank Division. This facility will be coupled with battery storage to balance PV supply and demand on the grid, the UNDP said. The 3.5 MW project will not include storage and will be built at a site near Basse, a town on the south bank of the River Gambia, in the easternmost part of the country. Both projects will supply electricity to the national grid under 20-year PPAs with NAWEC, under a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model, the UNDP said. Bids must be submitted by April 23. The two projects are receiving support from the NAMA Facility, which was jointly established by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety and the U.K. Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. The planned installations do not seem to have anything to do with the 20 MW of solar capacity that the World Bank is supporting in the greater Banjul national capital region, in the western part of the country. These and other energy projects received financial backing from the European Investment Bank in March. “Access to clean energy in the Gambia is set to be transformed under a new €142 million initiative to harness solar power and supply clean energy across the country, backed by the European Investment Bank, World Bank and European Union,” the EIB said at the time. All of these solar schemes are intended to increase access to electricity in the country of 2 million people, which only has an installed generating capacity of 99 MW.
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Source https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/04/03/undp-issues-tender-for-10-5-mw-of-solar-in-gambia/
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Australias Genex Power gets funding from J-Power for renewable energy project

(Reuters) - Australia’s Genex Power on Thursday said Japan’s J-Power will invest up to A$25 million ($17.4 million) in the company to fund the construction of a key pumped storage hydro project in nor ......

  • Australia
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  • 07 Jun 2019
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Description (Reuters) - Australia’s Genex Power on Thursday said Japan’s J-Power will invest up to A$25 million ($17.4 million) in the company to fund the construction of a key pumped storage hydro project in northern Queensland. The Kidston pumped hydro project is a 250 MW power generation project proposed by Genex, which is looking to complete construction by 2022. Pumped hydro acts like a giant battery, pumping water uphill when energy is abundant and releasing it to create power at night or on a windless day. The technology can help soak up excess wind and solar energy and would aid in solving Australia’s power woes which have caused a string of blackouts in big cities in Australia’s south. As a part of the deal, J-Power will provide technical expertise to Genex and will also nominate a director to the company’s board. “The investment by J-Power is an important milestone, as it secures the funding required for Genex’s equity component for K2-Hydro, which is being developed in a 50:50 partnership with EnergyAustralia,” Genex Chief Executive James Harding said in a statement. The agreement is subject to approval by Genex shareholders.
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Source https://in.reuters.com/article/us-genex-power-jpower-investment/australias-genex-power-gets-funding-from-j-power-for-renewable-energy-project-idINKCN1T62YU
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Tušimická 4MW battery in the service of the Czech power industry will start operation at the turn of the year

The project of a large-capacity battery storage system in the Tušimice power plant site will be in the installation phase this summer. Tušimická 4MW battery in the service of the Czech power industry ......

  • Czech Republic
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  • 03 Jun 2019
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Description The project of a large-capacity battery storage system in the Tušimice power plant site will be in the installation phase this summer. Tušimická 4MW battery in the service of the Czech power industry will start operation at the turn of the year illustration photo / wikipedia News29.05.2019??? Share The facility, which will be launched at the end of this year, will be used in the BAART research project by CEZ and CEPS, and for testing various modes of providing support services for the energy system of the Czech Republic. This will lead to the further use of large-scale power plants without any impact on the occupation of agricultural land. At present, there are also fundamental changes in the functioning of the entire energy market in the Czech Republic. The development of renewable resources and decentralized energy systems puts additional demands on the creation of a regulatory backup for providing frequency regulation. These are factors that will gradually be applied in all areas of the electricity industry - production, transmission and distribution as well as consumption. Based on these trends, CEZ and CEPS, the operator of the transmission system, are implementing a BAART research project, which aims to test the operating modes of battery energy storage systems, including pilot operation for frequency regulation. Frequency control is one of the key system services for transmission system stability control. It is a local automatic function consisting of a precisely defined change in the power plant power output depending on the frequency deviation from the set value. The facility with at least a ten-year life span will be built in the Tušimice power plant area, in an area where a backup gas boiler room for heating the town of Kadan stood during a comprehensive power plant renewal. It will be involved in a block with an existing turbo-generator certified to provide frequency regulation. “The BAART research project was launched in cooperation with CEPS last year and we expect the start of the pilot operation at the latest at the turn of the year. The battery storage project is fully in line with the program of future use of existing power stations, within which the premises of conventional power plants are continually adapted to operate under the conditions of the so-called new power generation, ” says Ladislav Štepánek, Member of the Board of Directors and Director of the CEZ Energy Division . “The fundamental changes in the energy sector bring with it the development of new technologies and the need to set conditions for their integration into the Czech transmission system. The implementation of the BAART research project will enable us to deepen our existing knowledge of the integration of battery systems into the power system in the Czech power system with regard to the provision of support services, ” said Svatopluk Vnoucek, Vice-Chairman of the CEPS Board of Directors responsible for Strategy, Innovation and Transmission System Development . The sole investor of the battery storage technology is CEZ; CEPS will cover the cost of the frequency regulation service in the pilot operation in accordance with the regulatory methodology set by the Energy Regulatory Office. The battery storage project is fully in line with the program for future use of existing power stations. For example, a centralized data center with the capacity of 2 PBs is currently being built in Tušimice and designed for the entire CEZ Group, which will replace the existing corporate data centers.
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Source http://www.prumyslovaekologie.cz/Dokument/106183/tusimicka-4mw-baterie-ve-sluzbach-ceske-energetiky-zahaji-provoz-na-prelomu-roku.aspx

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