First ‘green’ Battery Storage in Europe
Together with DELTA Omexom realized the first Battery Storage in Europe for the American company AES. The storage is located in the Sloegebied, the port area on the East side of Vlissingen. In the 10MW Battery Storage, electricity is stored in Lithium-Ion batteries and forms a primary reserve for TenneT. The storage serves as a buffer to handle variations in electricity needs. This includes frequency control, which should be at a constant 50 Hz. No fossil fuels are used, so no polluting emissions occur. This ‘green’ solution puts AES in a leading position in Europe.
Omexom was responsible for the complete low voltage and building bound installations. This included e.g. installing the batteries, stacking them in racks and linking them to transformers. Omexom also installed a powerful cooling installation. This is very important because batteries produce a lot of heat. The battery storage has a capacity similar to 400,000 mobile phones. Also the commissioning was part of the job.
The Battery Storage is capable of balancing energy needs in the grid. AES uses the battery storage to instantly deliver power to the local and national electricity grid. The Advancion software of the Battery Storage continuously monitors the performance of the system as well as the supply and demand on the grid. The Battery Storage can respond to the changing needs of the electricity grid in less than a second. On the primary reserve market, the system competes with traditional power plants with the advantage that it doesn’t produce polluting emissions.