Belgian proving ground for batteries
A new 10MW battery energy storage plant in Belgium is expected to prove the business case for battery storage at scale across the rest of Europe and the UK.
The energy storage system will be built by Fluence, a joint venture between energy firms Siemens and AES. It will be designed to provide supplementary energy to the grid when power from renewable sources such as wind or solar drops below demand.
The system can provide surplus power to the grid for up to two hours, longer than many of the large-scale projects seen to date using lithium-ion batteries in Europe.
Project manager Pierre Bayart said in Energy Storage News that this means that, “compared to the 30 minute to 1 hour durations that are currently the standard for storage duration in Europe,” the battery system will be able to provide “a wider range of services with higher added value to the grid operator and market players.”