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France: Entech wins public tender for 50MWh of battery storage

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Renewable energy technology firm Entech has won a framework contract in France with four public utilities to deploy 50MWh of battery storage.

The framework contract is with four public energy companies located in the departments of Isère and Savoie in the southeast Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and Loiret and Val d’Oise near Paris.

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The public tender was coordinated by Gaz Electricité de Grenoble (GEG), the utility and distribution network operator (DNO) for the large city also in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

The framework contract will enable the four companies to place orders to Entech over the next six months for up to 50MWh of battery storage across six sites, the company’s largest potential order to-date.

Entech’s deployed systems will provide frequency regulation services for the French and European power grids, replacing existing frequency control assets like legacy thermal power plants. The company is based in Quimper, Brittany, was founded in 2016 and is listed on the Paris stock exchange under the ALESE ticker.

It is the second major piece of energy storage news coming out of France in the space of a week.

Last week, developer ZE Energy inaugurated a solar-plus-storage project with 18.6MWp of PV and a 7.5MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS), according to local reports.

It is its second such project after it commissioned an 8MW PV, 3.75MW BESS in late 2021. Both projects are in the Loir-et-Cher department of the Centre-Val de Loire region.

Françoise Gilot-Leclerc, Mayor of Gièvres, commented: “The Gièvres solar park was set up on a former quarry and thus enables intelligent reconversion of a degraded site. It is the culmination of a project that combines economic and technological viability and green energy production. As elected officials, it is our role to offer our citizens ready-to-go energy solutions that respect the environment.”

Research firm LCP Delta recently forecasted that France would see around 337MW of BESS capacity come online in 2023. A 3.3MWh BESS co-located with a wind farm was turned online earlier this month in Brittany.

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