March 4, 2021: AutoGrid, an artificial intelligence management software provider for the energy industry, announced on February 23 it was to provide frequency regulation capabilities to Total, the French oil major, for its largest battery-based energy storage project in France. This is a 25MW/25MWh lithium-ion system at the Flandres Center in Dunkirk’s port district.
The system will use the company’s AutoGrid Flex VPP management suite. This enables the system to provide stability to the French power grid in real time (less than 500 milliseconds) and supports Total’s participation in Europe’s Frequency Containment Reserves market.
AutoGrid Flex controls the project’s end-to-end market reserve purchasing from Reseau Transport Electricité the electricity transmission system operator of France. Currently in operation, the €15 million ($18 million) system is based on Saft’s Intensium Max 20 High Energy solution with 11 integrated 2.3MWh containers.
“Tapping the AutoGrid platform for this milestone project has allowed us to bring for more flexibility on France’s power grid, enabling a more stable and reliable network, and opening up new opportunities in the FCR market,” said Jean-Marc Simandoux, a vice president in the Trading Division, Gas Renewables & Power at Total.
“Our prior work utilizing AutoGrid’s platform, and the company’s successful track record of project delivery on this project, assures us we’re tapping a power trading market-leading partner.”
Total Flex will operate the largest battery on the FCR market and monetize capacity accounting for up to 3% of the French market (total size of 650MW).
Total has also been a minority investor in AutoGrid through its corporate venture capital arm Total Carbon Neutrality Ventures since 2016, thus supporting early on AutoGrid’s plans for smart energy networks.