AES: European portfolio grows 20MW in fortnight

AES Energy Storage Solutions is now powering the largest fleet of advanced energy storage in Europe, with the completion of its Advancion battery storage arrays in the Netherlands and at Kilroot Power Station, Ireland.

AES Energy Storage Solutions is now powering the largest fleet of advanced energy storage in Europe, after completing Advancion battery arrays in the Netherlands and at Kilroot Power Station, Ireland. Photo: AES Energy Storage

By Jason Deign

AES Energy Storage Solutions has stepped up its European presence with the completion of two 10MW battery plants so far this year.

Last week the company announced the start of commercial operations for a storage array in the Netherlands, six days after confirming completion of the UK’s largest-ever battery plant, in Northern Ireland.

The AES Netherlands Advancion Energy Storage Array was completed in December, “enhancing European grid reliability with fast response ancillary services,” said the company in a press release.

It uses Panasonic lithium-ion batteries to serve TenneT, the Netherlands national electricity transmission system operator (TSO), with up to 60 minutes of primary operating reserve, a company spokesperson said.

AES UK & Ireland’s Kilroot Advancion Energy Storage Array, at Kilroot Power Station in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, is broadly similar, also boasting an Advancion 4 management system and 10MW, but with 5MWh of capacity instead of 10MWh.
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Don’t believe the public utilities: California rocks

Despite lack of interest from public utilities, the Southern California Edison (SCE) announcement of the winners of its 250MW procurement shows the California energy storage market is growing rapidly. Photo credit: AES Energy Storage

Despite lack of interest from public utilities, the Southern California Edison (SCE) announcement of the winners of its 250MW procurement shows the California energy storage market is growing rapidly. Photo credit: AES Energy Storage

The California energy storage market is coming to life in spite of lacklustre backing from the state’s publicly owned utilities. Last week, Southern California Edison (SCE) announced the winners of contracts for 250MW of energy storage, Greentechmedia said, even as California’s publicly owned utilities committed to a mere 27.6MW by 2016, according to the Energy Matters blog.

The blog claims the California public utilities’ targets, all submitted in response to the Assembly Bill 2514 on energy storage procurement, represent about 0.1% of their combined peak load.

The 27.6MW commitment pretty much all came from just two providers: Redding Public Utilities and the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP).
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Two deals add 80MW of US storage

Laurel Mountain, West Virginia – A previous collaborative project between AES and PJM.

Laurel Mountain, West Virginia – A previous collaborative project between AES and PJM. Photo from AES Corporation.

US grid operator PJM Interconnection, whose operations serves 60 million Americans across the Midwest and northeast of the country, has hit the renewables headlines twice this week for signing up to two separate energy storage deals.
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Energy storage for Chilean power plant

AES Energy Storage recently announced that Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture of Mitsubishi Corporation and GS Yuasa, will be supplying advanced battery energy storage systems for its new Cochrane power station.

The project is the company’s third energy storage facility in Northern Chile, integrating 20MW of advanced battery-based energy storage with a 532MW thermal power plant. The project is owned by AES Gener, the second largest power generator in the country, and Mitsubishi Corporation.

AES to give Chilean power plant 20MW battery storage

AES Energy Storage and AES Gener, the company’s Chilean subsidiary will integrate 20MW of advanced battery-based energy storage with a 544MW thermal power plant in the North of the country.

The project will allow the plant to generate an additional, productivity-enhancing 20MW of power at virtually all times, without sacrificing grid flexibility or reliability, says the company.

This increase of around 4% represents the energy that would otherwise be slide-lined for use in the event of an unexpected transmission failure.

AES Gener is the country’s second largest power generator, and has already constructed a 12MW energy storage system for its Norgener power plant, some 170 kilometers from Antofagasta.

The Los Andes Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) has been delivering a similar reliability service since 2009, and comprises of approximately one million advanced lithium-ion battery cells, divided between ten 2MW battery containers, and five 4MW power controls containers.