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Quartux and Sungrow complete 25MWh BESS in Mexico

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Developer Quartux and global PV inverter and energy storage technology firm Sungrow have completed a 25MWh project in Mexico, one of the largest in the country.

The companies announced the commissioning of the project in Cancun yesterday (2 August) to help the touristic town deal with increasing blackouts due to an unstable electricity grid.

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The project, which came online earlier this year, utilises Sungrow’s containerised lithium-ion grid-scale energy storage system (ESS) product PowerTitan. It has a discharge duration of two hours and contains C5 anti-corrosion technology which it said ensures resilience in harsh coastal conditions, while its DC-DC controller can control battery racks individually, improving performance.

It is providing peak shaving services and backup power to an unnamed customer (or customers) in the region, though Quartux managing director Alejandro Fajer told Energy-Storage.news last year that it would be deployed for a hotel site.

At the time, Fajer claimed it would be the largest BESS in Mexico and the largest consumer and industrial (C&I) sited BESS in all of Latin America.

Mexico is aiming for a renewable energy mix of 50% by 2050. Progress has been made recently on a 1GW PV, 190MW BESS co-located project in the north, which Fajer said represented a shift in government thinking on energy storage. In June, Spain-based power conversion specialist Ingeteam revealed it provided equipment for the first phase of the project.

Although some market sources have expressed concern that the US Inflation Reduction Act’s generous support for renewables and storage might “suck the oxygen out of” the Latin American market, grid-scale projects are starting to pick up in various countries across the continent, with Chile the main driving force.

Returning for the second edition in Santiago, Chile, the Energy Storage Summit Latin America will explore opportunities in countries such as Chile, Peru, Colombia, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Join Solar Media on October 17-18 to meet with investors, policy makers, developers, utilities, network operators, technology providers, EPCs, consultants, law firms and more to make sure you are a part of the rapidly evolving storage landscape in Latin America.

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