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Greenvolt nears commissioning of 5MW/5MWh BESS at Portugal biomass plant

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Renewable energy independent power producer (IPP) Greenvolt is close to bringing a 5MW/5MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) online at its biomass plant in Coimbra, Portugal.

The firm is in the final stages of commissioning the 1-hour lithium-ion BESS at its Mondego Bioelectric Biomass Plant in Figueira da Foz, it said last week.

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Greenvolt said the project, which took 20 months to complete, will be integrated into the biomass plant’s control system and “modulate generated power” from the plant.

João Andrade, technical director for Greenvolt Group, commented: “This project is a testament to our commitment to continuous improvement in the performance of our renewable energy production facilities”.

Most large-scale BESS projects in Portugal in recent years have been on its islands, including a 15MWh project on Terceira and a 16.4MWh one on Madeira, both deployed by the world’s largest BESS integrators Fluence.

On the mainland, of which Coimbra is part, utility Iberdrola inaugurated the 40GWh Tamega pumped hydro energy storage (PHES) project was inaugurated last year.

Greenvolt’s origins are as a biomass company in Portugal but it has since expanded into renewable energy development and operation more broadly, and is active across Europe and the US. In July, it acquired a 125MW solar, 50MW battery storage project in New Mexico, expected to come online in 2025.

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