Largest BESS in Belgium, EStor-Lux, officially inaugurated

Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on reddit
Reddit
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on email
Email

EStor-Lux, Belgium’s battery energy storage system (BESS) at 10MW/20MWh, was officially inaugurated on Tuesday (26 April).

The inauguration ceremony for the BESS was attended by around 100 Belgian energy sector stakeholders including Tinne Van der Straeten, Federal Minister of Energy.

The 480-module lithium-ion BESS, which is in Bastogne in the Wallonia region, has been participating in grid frequency auctions issued by grid operator Elia since December 2021 as reported by Energy-storage.news. It uses system integrator’s Fluence‘s Gridstack products.

This has mainly been in automatic Frequency Restoration Reserve (aFRR), a recently-launched soon-to-be pan-European grid service. Since its launch, the BESS has provided over 30GWh of balancing capacity. Centrica Business Solutions is in charge of the optimisation.

Clean Horizon’s head of market analysis Corentin Baschet told Energy-storage.news in February that BESS projects could capture one-third of the aFFR market in the coming years.

The project was launched by a consortium comprising investment groups SRIW, Ackermans & van Haaren, BEWATT, SOCOFE and SOFILUX, engineering and construction firm CFE and Belgian government development organisation IDELUX. The project was not subsidised, the companies said, with up to 50% of financing provided by a non-recourse bank loan.

Other attendees at the inauguration included Willy Borsus, Vice-President and Walloon Minister of Economy, Philippe Henry, Vice-President and Walloon Minister of Climate and Energy, and Benoît Lutgen, Mayor of Bastogne.

The EStor-Lux consortium chairman Bruno Vanderschueren cited four reasons for the project’s success. These were the increased developed of renewable energies and resulting need for flexible resources, the evolution of BESS technology, favourable federal and regional regulatory frameworks and the quality of the consortium’s partners.

Read Next

July 1, 2022
News in brief from around the world in Energy Storage.
July 1, 2022
The first 500MWh of SMC Global Power’s battery storage portfolio has been installed.
June 30, 2022
US battery energy storage system (BESS) integrator Jupiter Power has turned its second 200MWh BESS online in Texas, bringing its total capacity in the state’s market to 450MWh.
June 30, 2022
Swiss Life Asset Managers has acquired a 50% stake in BCP Battery Holding, a company with several utility-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) developments in Germany.
June 30, 2022
Construction has begun on the first of four battery energy storage systems (BESS) totalling 200MW/200MWh from global system integrator Fluence in Lithuania.

Most Popular

Email Newsletter