Battery energy storage to help ease looming power crisis

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Battery energy storage to help ease looming power crisis
AES Philippines, Inc. is planning to introduce battery energy storage in the country, hopefully soon to help ease the summer 2015 power crisis

MANILA, Philippines – AES Philippines, Incorporated believes its Battery Energy Storage (BES) could help solve the anticipated power crisis in the summer of 2015.

The battery storage project is a new technology using rechargeable cells to be used for ancillary services or standby power supply that can be tapped if regular supply to the grid falls short of the requirement.

In a briefing on Thursday, October 2, AES Market Business Leader Neeraj Bhat said the company is looking at introducing BES in the Philippines soon. It has long been offering BES in other countries.

The company plans to build a 40-megawatt (MW) BES project in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental. Bhat said the project started prior to the emergency power issue.

“The BES is potentially part of the solution because it will free up capacity for energy generation. If we can get it in time for summer then we will contribute to the solution,” Bhat said, adding that BES can be put up within 9 to 12 months.

AES is already in talks with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) as among its potential customers.

“We’re working on the development with some potential customers, NGCP being the largest,” Bhat said. He added that with such extra capacity, NGCP can ensure the facilities and the grid will not be damaged due to a sudden drop in voltage.

“NGCP has directed us there (Kabankalan) because that is where they have a ready installation. We can immediately connect to that,” said AES Vice President for commercial Chrysogonus Herrera.

Herra added that AES also plans to put up a 10 MW BES within the Masinloc power plant in Zambales.

“We plan to put up a battery storage in Masinloc, maybe a pilot of 10MW, then we can scale this up very quickly.”

AES also committed to increase the capacity of the Masinloc facility by another 600 MW.

“Were working on the 600MW expansion of the Masinloc power plant. We expect to start construction in 2015. It will be a 3- to 4-year construction period so we are talking of finishing it by 2018,” said Bhat, adding that the company is now working on the EPC  (engineering, procurement, construction) contracts.

AES Philippines has more than 5 years of commercial energy storage development and operations. AES serves utility markets with over 200 MW of storage resources already installed and in operation, and more than 1000 MW on development. – Rappler.com

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