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Trina Storage to supply 1,500MWh battery storage to Pacific Green’s ‘grid-scale energy parks’

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Trina Storage has signed a letter of intent (LOI) to supply 1,500MWh of battery energy storage system (BESS) technology to developer Pacific Green.

The energy storage arm of China-headquartered global solar PV company Trina Solar said on Friday (19 April) that the agreement was made on the sidelines of the World Future Energy Summit (WFES) in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

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The pair held a signing ceremony for the collaboration agreement (pictured above).

Trina Storage said it intends to supply the developer with equipment that includes its newest BESS solution, Elementa 2, along with power conversion systems (PCS) and energy management systems (EMS).

Pacific Green is headquartered in London, UK. Its two main areas of business are developing standalone BESS assets, and emissions reduction projects for industrial customers that include the maritime sector.

 The company has projects in development in Europe and Australia. Its first grid-scale project—a 100MW/100MWh project connected directly to the transmission network at Richborough Energy Park in Kent, UK—went online in December last year, a few months after Pacific Green sold it to asset manager Sosteneo Infrastructure Partners.

Another Chinese manufacturer, Gotion High-Tech, was the BESS supplier to that project. It was the initial project in a 1.1GW project exclusivity deal Pacific Green signed in 2021 with another developer, TUPA Energy, for projects in the UK, including Sheaf Energy Park, a 249MW/373.5MWh system to be sited adjacent to and connecting to the same substation as Richborough Energy Park, due for completion in 2025.

In Australia, it has been on a drive to acquire land for some bigger projects, targeting 1GW/2.5GWh of projects in that country, leading to it securing a land deal for a planned 500MW/1,000MWh project in South Australia a few months ago, in November.  

The company has also recently acquired a 500MW BESS portfolio in development in Italy from developer Sphera Energy, with the potential for the included projects to have as much as 6-hour durations.

Trina Storage’s release did not specify where the supplied projects will be located, except that they would be Pacific Green’s “grid-scale energy parks… across multiple jurisdictions.”

Trina launched the first iteration of its Elementa grid-scale product in the UK and offered a preview of Elementa 2 late last year at a trade event in Australia before making its global launch at this year’s Energy Storage Summit EU, hosted by our publisher Solar Media in London, UK, in February.

Speaking exclusively to Energy-Storage.news Premium at that show, Trina Solar executive president Helena Li said that the UK is the company’s biggest energy storage market outside of China: of more than 4GWh+ of Elementa systems shipped to date, over a gigawatt-hour is in the UK, with the rest in the company’s homeland.

Li discussed the product design and development strategy behind Elementa 2 in that interview, including the fact that the systems’ lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cells are being sourced from Trina’s in-house production lines, at which mass production began last year.

In another ESN Premium piece published a couple of weeks ago, Li spoke about the safety features of the Elementa 2 product, including its liquid-cooled thermal management system and several layers of detection, protection and suppression against thermal runaway and fire events.

Energy-Storage.news’ publisher Solar Media will host the 1st Energy Storage Summit Australia, on 21-22 May 2024 in Sydney, NSW. Featuring a packed programme of panels, presentations and fireside chats from industry leaders focusing on accelerating the market for energy storage across the country. For more information, go to the website.

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