Ingeteam supplying 70MW/340MWh BESS in Italy

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Energy conversion equipment specialist Ingeteam will supply a 70MW/340MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in northern Italy for a 2023 delivery date.

The company, based in Spain but with operations globally, said the BESS will be one of the largest in Europe and the world with a capacity “that was almost unthinkable until recently”. It will have a duration of nearly five hours and will come into operation in 2023.

The BESS will serve Italy’s electricity grid largely through participation in the wholesale electricity market by covering peaks in electricity demand.

Ingeteam said it will contribute to the decarbonisation of Italy’s energy system, outlined in the PNIEC (National Plan for Energy and Climate 2030) which was recently approved by the Italian government.

The company will provide the containerised lithium-ion batteries and power stations which include Ingeteam brand converters and controls, as well as the in-field assembly and startup of the system.

“This project in itself represents the energy transition towards a model based on renewable energies, where energy storage plays a fundamental role,” said Stefano Domenicali, managing director of Ingeteam Italy.

It will provide 59 fully integrated battery containers each with cooling systems, fire detection and extinguisher systems and 59 battery inverters. Each containerised battery will have a nominated power of 2.88MW and a capacity of 5.76MWh: has contacted Ingeteam to clarify the power discrepancy between these figures and the headline figure of 70MW and will update this piece when a response is received.

Ingeteam will also supply 15 power stations with inverters and an accompanying PV inverter controller and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) system.

It recently delivered a 3MW/9MWh BESS for Spain’s first solar-plus-storage project in the Extramadura region. The BESS was installed within the PV plant in a way that meant the battery converters share the direct current connection with the PV inverters.

The company was also the first to announce a large BESS project paired with a wind farm in the UK, the 50MWh system at the Whitelee site in Scotland. The project was slated for a 2021 delivery date.

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