Finland sees growing role for energy storage

Energy storage in Finland set to grow, as Landis+Gyr installs the largest battery system in the Nordics, which will help stabilise the electricity supply in Helsinki. Pic: Pixabay.

Energy storage in Finland set to grow, as Landis+Gyr installs the largest battery system in the Nordics, which will help stabilise the electricity supply in Helsinki. Pic: Pixabay.

By Jason Deign

Finland’s nascent grid-scale battery market is set to expand rapidly in the coming years, according to Landis+Gyr’s Northern Europe CEO Ari Tolonen.

He told Energy Storage Report his company was pursuing four other energy storage projects in Finland after completing the largest battery plant in the Nordic countries earlier this year.

Up to 4MW of battery storage could be installed across the country “very soon,” he said. “I believe we will see three or four cases a year. I expect to see this kind of system everywhere.”

In August, Landis+Gyr commissioned a 1.2MW, 600kWh battery system for Helen Electricity, a distribution system operator covering the Helsinki area of Finland.

The €2m Helen storage facility was built alongside Finland’s largest solar plant, a 340kW array in Suvilahti, and will also serve an 850kW PV project being built at nearby Kivikko.   
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Finns explore benefits of hydrogen

A recent report compiled by the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland claims that a switch to hydrogen-fueled transport would benefit the country’s balance of payments as well as its environment. The idea is that Finland could produce its own hydrogen from native biomass and avoid importing costly conventional motor fuels. The country already has expertise in the biofuels arena.

Among the report’s recommendations are that the country should be buying and testing hydrogen-powered vehicles. This would be a next logical step for a country already investing in hydrogen infrastructure. Indeed, the report further recommends Finland should pursue the development, testing and marketing of hydrogen refueling stations, other export products and services.