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Fluence to build 35MW/100MWh BESS for Engie in the Netherlands

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Battery energy storage system (BESS) integrator Fluence will provide 35MW/100MWh of its technology to utility and IPP Engie for a project in the Netherlands.

The 2.9-hour duration project will be deployed at the Maxima power plant site in Flevoland, where a 900MW gas power plant is co-located with 32MW of solar PV.

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The BESS will shift excess energy to peak demand periods and provide flexibility to the energy system in the Netherlands.

Paul McCusker, SVP & president EMEA for Fluence said: “Positioning battery storage alongside different types of generation technologies strengthens their interplay to maintain grid stability as the energy transition accelerates.”

The energy storage market in the Netherlands has struggled to get off the ground compared to most other countries in Western Europe. Virtually no new BESS capacity is coming online this year according to the owner of the two largest operational units in the country, SemperPower, in an interview earlier this year (Premium).

Challenges are primarily around a highly congested grid, energy storage paying grid fees as both consumer and producer, and a relative lack of familiarity with energy storage.

Falling BESS prices have helped the business case, a separate market source told Energy-Storage.news, at Solar Media’s Energy Storage Summit EU in London in February (Premium access).

Fluence is one of the largest BESS providers globally, recently winning projects in the UK, Australia and getting the go-ahead to start shipping units to a site in Germany for transmission system operator (TSO) TransnetBW.

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