Wärtsilä completes 60 MWh in energy storage for projects in Philippines

Finnish on-site power technology firm Wärtsilä has completed new energy storage projects in the Philippines.

The company achieved commissioning the first two of the projects, Integrated Renewable Power Hub-Toledo and BCCPP, Limay-Bataan, in May. The projects have capacities of 20 MW/20 MWh and 40/40, respectively.

Wärtsilä earlier had signed multiple contracts with SMC Global Power Holdings through its subsidiary Universal Power Solutions Inc., to deliver the projects. These are the first energy storage systems supplied by Wärtsilä in the Philippines.

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“Our partnership with SMC Global Power, a company with technical experience in battery energy storage systems, has enabled us to reach this stage and be ready for operation in record time,” Kari Punnonen, Director, Australasia, Wärtsilä Energy, said. “This also further demonstrates Wärtsilä’s EPC capabilities in the region, as well as our ability to operate under the challenging restrictions set by the pandemic. These projects showcase our long-term commitment to be present in the Philippines and to continue delivering optimized solutions that support the energy transition in Southeast Asia,”

The systems comprise the company’s GridSolv Max system, a standardised energy storage solution that provides flexible and modular storage for the core hardware assets of the systems, including the batteries, a safety and fire system, and inverters, alongside the advanced GEMS Digital Energy Platform.

The move could help the Philippines toward goals of balancing more renewable energy projects on its grid. The Wärtsilä GEMS Digital Energy platform manages the integration of intermittent renewable resources, providing benefits such as voltage and frequency regulation, reactive power support, spinning reserve, ramp rate, renewable output smoothing and energy arbitrage, the company says.

The Philippines’ projects are new ones for Wärtsilä, but the firm already has a strong presence in southeast Asia. Wärtsilä has supplied more than 9,000 MW of installed generation capacity there, including some 300 MW of energy storage systems.

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