Alfen delivers Belgium’s first lithium-ion ESS for grid stability services

Published on: October 12, 2017 9:30 amBy: Jade Beevor

 

Netherlands-based energy storage firm Alfen announced on September 25 that it had delivered Belgium’s first megawatt-scale lithium-ion system for grid-stabilization services since the country’s grid operator Elia opened its transmission network for battery systems in May.

Once deployed, Alfen’s 1MW system, situated at French utility Engie’s 6MW power generation plant in Drogenbos, Brussels, will be the first time a battery based storage system will have been used for frequency containment reserve service on Belgium’s grid.

Alfen delivered end-to-end integration of the EES, including the software platform for frequency control, integration in the local energy system and connection to the high-voltage grid.

The system is already operational, but is waiting to be qualified by the grid operator.

A spokesman for Engie said the company continuously anticipates the changing dynamics in power markets, and they expected storage to play an increasingly important role in balancing its energy systems in the future.

Yves Vercammen, sales manager at Alfen Belgium, said: “Frequency control is an increasingly important application for our customers. We are proud to be the first in integrating this solution in the Belgian grid and will realize more of these systems over the coming months.”

Alfen recently delivered an ESS connected to a wind farm in the Netherlands, and has deployed micro-grids combining solar PV and storage in local energy systems, and community-based virtual power plants for residential neighbourhoods.

Last month it announced that Czech solar PV company Solar Global had chosen Alfen to supply a 1MW ESS connected to its Prakšice solar PV farm. The system is due to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2017 and will be the first large scale storage system in the Czech Republic once completed.

Read More Industry Latest

Analysis and Features

  • Editor’s Pick: Energy storage firms ship ESSs to power hurricane ravaged Puerto Rico

    Market Focus

    October 12, 2017 10:01 am by Jade Beevor

      The impact energy storage has had on the consciousness of end-users was summed up best by a simple message, written using the debris from a house, pleading the authorities to ‘Send Tesla’ after category four hurricane Maria left millions without power across the Caribbean on September 20. The message was on St John, part read more

  • Editor’s Pick: Did Tesla overpromise explain need cells from Samsung for 100MW SA project?

    Industry

    October 12, 2017 9:58 am by Jade Beevor

      Energy storage system maker Tesla has confirmed it will use cells from South Korean firm Samsung SDI rather than its long term Japanese partner Panasonic to ensure it meets its promise to build a 100MW/129MWh project in South Australia within 100 days. The news was broken by Japanese newspaper Nikkei in a report on read more

  • JLM Energy receives $25 million investment to fund up to 35 projects

    Industry

    October 12, 2017 9:42 am by Jade Beevor

      California-based energy technology company JLM Energy announced on September 26 that it had secured $25 million to fund the deployment of energy projects and accelerate the adoption of its lithium iron phosphate based Phazr technology. The money will be used to fund commercial energy storage projects of which JLM says they have five projects read more

  • ZAF Energy begins NiZn battery making at new 50 MWh plant in Missouri.

    Industry

    October 12, 2017 9:36 am by Jade Beevor

      US battery manufacturer Zaf Energy Systems, founded when Zinc Air became flow battery firm ViZn Energy, began production of its nickel zinc cells at its new factory in Joplin, Missouri at the start of October. The 34,000 square foot plant will produce 50 MWh of NiZn cells a year as Zaf targets the lead-acid read more

  • Alfen delivers Belgium’s first lithium-ion ESS for grid stability services

    Industry

    October 12, 2017 9:30 am by Jade Beevor

      Netherlands-based energy storage firm Alfen announced on September 25 that it had delivered Belgium’s first megawatt-scale lithium-ion system for grid-stabilization services since the country’s grid operator Elia opened its transmission network for battery systems in May. Once deployed, Alfen’s 1MW system, situated at French utility Engie’s 6MW power generation plant in Drogenbos, Brussels, will read more

Read More Analysis and Features

technology feature

Finding the sweet spot for business

After focusing our early efforts on producing lithium ion batteries to serve the power tool market, we built an integration team for the purpose of exploring other areas where their chemistry read more

company profiles

What is SOLARUNITED?

SOLARUNITED is the premiere association supporting and enabling Upstream Solar and energy storage professionals worldwide. read more

//Elsie change ***********************************