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Sweden: Res and SCR launch another BESS project for DNO, with 2024 COD

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Renewable energy firm RES and battery storage developer SCR have partnered to deploy another grid-scale battery storage project in Sweden, this time totalling 17MW.

The firms will deliver the 17MW/17MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) for local distribution network operator (DNO) and utility Alingsås Energi, which runs the electricity system in Alingsås municipality and is owned by the municipal authority.

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The project is set to reach commercial operation date (COD) in mid-2024.

It is RES (Renewable Energy Solutions) and SCR’s (Scandinavian Capacity Reserve) second BESS project in Sweden, after a 20MW one launched recently for another DNO, Landskrona Energi, also set to come online next year.

The project in Alingsås will be located close to one of the DNO’s substations and will help the operator manage the supply and demand of electricity on the grid.

Magnus Mattsson, Commercial Manager at RES – Nordics commented: “The need for energy storage is heavily increasing in Sweden and projects such as this one in Alingsås and Elektra in Landskrona are game changers for smarter energy systems.”

Rickard Bern, CEO of Alingsås Energi, added: “We are extremely happy to be able to attract this type of investment to Alingsås. We see ourselves as enablers in creating the conditions for the green transition that is underway. A battery storage of this size becomes an important resource in the local grid. It contributes to secure the stability for the residents of Alingsås municipality in terms of energy supply and that is one of our main missions.”

The energy storage market in Sweden has become very active over the past 12 months as developers seek to capitalise on high ancillary services revenues today and future opportunities in energy trading and capacity markets.

Recent project announcements include two early-stage acquisitions from Switzerland-based renewable energy firm Axpo, one of which was the SCR and RES one mentioned earlier and another it acquired from Sustainable Energy Solutions Sweden Holding AB (SENS). Another, in April, saw another DNO Nybro Energi order a 12MW BESS from Soltech Energy Solutions for a COD before the end of 2023.

However, projects which are not directly for a DNO have tended not to give a firm COD in their announcements, including Axpo’s SENS project as well as those from developer Ingrid Capacity, which recently raised US$100 million for its substantial but early-stage pipeline of BESS. Sweden has around 170 DNOs.

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