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Sungrow inks 760MWh BESS, inverter partnership for AMAALA off-grid project in Saudi Arabia


Sungrow has agreed a partnership to deploy 160MW/760MWh of battery energy storage systems (BESS) and 165MW of PV inverters for a large off-grid project – AMAALA – in Saudi Arabia.

The China-headquartered firm has ‘forged a strategic partnership’ with engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Larsen & Toubro for the clean energy project. It will be on the Red Sea coast and will supply continuous renewable energy to local desalination and wastewater treatment plants at the AMAALA megatourism project, Sungrow said.

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The solar and storage project is being developed and led by France-headquartered utility and independent power producer (IPP) EDF Group and UAE state-owned renewable IPP Masdar for customer Red Sea Global.

The project will also feature a 10MW ‘demonstration platform’ which will leverage advanced simulation models such as Hil semi-physical simulation, DigSilent, and PSCAD to ensure system reliability in different scenarios.

Red Sea Global is a Saudi state-owned real estate developer responsible for several huge flagship infrastructure projects, including AMAALA, as the country tries to diversify away from a fossil fuel economy. The AMAALA tourism project is set to be completed in 2027 and Sungrow’s project would presumably need to be online by then.

In December 2022, Sungrow entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with local IPP ACWA Power for a 536MW/600MWh BESS at one of Red Sea Global’s other huge projects, Neom, in 2022, with a firm contract signed nine months later.

Neom is a linear urban development intended to cut through miles of desert all the way to the sea, but was recently scaled back from 170km to just 2.4km.’ publisher Solar Media will host the 2nd Energy Storage Summit Asia, 9-10 July 2024 in Singapore. The event will help give clarity on this nascent, yet quickly growing market, bringing together a community of credible independent generators, policymakers, banks, funds, off-takers and technology providers. For more information, go to the website.

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