August 6, 2020: Energy investor DTEK and US technology company Honeywell on July 22 signed an agreement to develop a 1MW/1.5MWh lithium battery storage system in Ukraine that will be the first energy storage system at grid scale in the country.
The storage system will enable integration of renewables into the energy mix while decreasing the use of fossil fuels, as well as help to maintain the Ukraine’s energy system.
The Honeywell Experion Energy Program is a pilot project at DTEK’s Zaporizhzhya Power Plant, and will be installed by the end of 2021. It includes remote operations capability and automated operations to optimize energy dispatch from the battery.
“Balancing, highly manœuvrable capacities and energy storage are essential for the stable operation of the country’s energy system,” said DTEK Energy general director Dmytro Sakharuk.
“The energy storage system allows the postponement of consumption and use of electricity until the consumers need it. The batteries will provide ancillary services to the system operator NPC Ukrenergo, guaranteeing the operational safety and independence of the country’s energy system.”
“The future of energy is focused on the provision of energy from multiple sources — including renewables,” said Emanuele Volpe, chief innovation officer with DTEK.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, just 2% of Ukraine’s energy came from renewable energy sources in 2015, with 34% coming from coal, 30% from natural gas, 23% nuclear and 10% petroleum and other liquid fuels.
By 2018 renewables accounted for 5% of the energy mix, according to the International Energy Agency.