The Energy Storage Report 2024

Now available to download, covering deployments, technology, policy and finance in the energy storage market

GE to deliver turbines for 3.5GWh pumped hydro plant in Gran Canaria

LinkedIn
Twitter
Reddit
Facebook
Email

Conglomerate GE will provide six 37MW turbines for a pumped hydro energy storage plant in the Spanish overseas territory of Gran Canaria.

The company is partnering with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Cobra Infrastructuras Hidráulicas to deploy the generating units for the Chira Soria Pumped Storage Power Plant plant.

This article requires Premium SubscriptionBasic (FREE) Subscription

Enjoy 12 months of exclusive analysis

  • Regular insight and analysis of the industry’s biggest developments
  • In-depth interviews with the industry’s leading figures
  • Annual digital subscription to the PV Tech Power journal
  • Discounts on Solar Media’s portfolio of events, in-person and virtual

Or continue reading this article for free

Chira Soria will have a nameplate power rating of 200MW and an energy storage capacity of 3,500MWh, indicating a discharge duration of 17.5 hours at full output. The facility will help balance the grid on Gran Canaria, which lies off the coast of Morocco, and is expected to come online in 2027.

Pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) technology works by pumping water from a lower reservoir into an upper one during times of surplus energy on the grid, and releasing it back down through the turbines to generate power when it is needed later. Chira Soria will use desalinated seawater.

PHES is the vast majority of deployed energy storage capacity today, but new projects can take up to a decade or more from inception to commissioning so are relatively few and far between. In some places, like the UK, some projects are essentially ready-to-build but need reforms to electricity markets in order to go ahead, according to their developers. Specifically, reforms which increase the market value of long-duration energy storage (LDES).

GE and Cobra were selected to deliver the project by Red Eléctrica, the transmission system operator for Spain and its overseas territories. The scope of work for the pair covers the design, supply, transport, and commissioning of the turbines, generators, main transformers and electrical balance-of-plant (BOP) equipment.

The PHES plant will be able to increase the production of renewable energy by 37% compared to a situation where the plant did not exist, the companies said. That will in turn increase the country’s annual renewable generation portion of electricity to 51%.

The plant will also improve energy security on the island, and save €122 million (US$134 million) in costs relating to importing fossil fuel energy resources.

Juan Bola Merino, Non-peninsular Territories’ System Operation director, Red Eléctrica, said: “Chira Soria is key to the Canary Islands’ electricity system. It has been designed with the highest environmental standards to guarantee its integration with the minimum visual impact, as 91% of the infrastructures are undergrounded.”

Pascal Radue, GE Hydro Solutions president and CEO, said: “As renewable energy generation from wind and solar is increasing in the Gran Canaria Island, this pumped storage project will help balance the grid by dispatching the energy when needed, still with renewable energy. Hydropower is the largest source of energy storage that exists right now and represents 95% of all energy stored today. Using water from the sea also demonstrates that with ingenuity, hydropower can reach new heights.”

It is GE’s second large PHES order as of late. In late 2022, it installed the first two of four turbines for a 1.2GW plant in China, as reported by Energy-Storage.news.

Read Next

May 30, 2024
The government of Mauritius has welcomed the commissioning of a 20MW battery storage project which will provide frequency regulation to the East African island nation’s grid.
May 29, 2024
Utility EWS AG and developer MW Storage have completed the expansion of a battery energy storage system (BESS) project in Switzerland from 20MW to 28MW, making it the country’s largest.
May 23, 2024
Innergex Renewable Energy has started operating a 35MW/175MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in Chile, its second large-scale BESS in the country.
May 23, 2024
The World Bank and other financial institutions will provide a US$159 million package for a 250MW solar PV, 63MW battery energy storage system (BESS) project from UAE state-owned renewable energy developer Masdar in Uzbekistan.
May 22, 2024
Developers SENS and Callio have revealed a hybrid project in Finland which could combine a battery energy storage system (BESS), pumped hydro energy storage and solar PV technology.

Most Popular

Email Newsletter