Saft to build New Zealand’s first large-scale BESS

Saft to build New Zealand’s first large-scale BESS

Saft to build New Zealand’s first large-scale BESS 382 310 Energy Storage Journal

January 12, 2023: Saft, a subsidiary of oil giant TotalEnergies, said on January 10 it had won a contract from New Zealand power firm, Meridian Energy, to build that country’s first large-scale grid-connected BESS.

The 100MW/200MWh facility, to support grid stability as renewable power generation increases, should enter service in the second half of 2024.

The BESS is the first stage of a project that will include the building of a 130MW solar farm by Meridian, sharing the same location at Ruakākā in the country’s North Island.

The BESS will include 80 Intensium Shift battery containers, based on lithium iron phosphate technology with 40 inverters, 20 medium-voltage power stations and a power management system provided by third-party suppliers. Saft will integrate this equipment with Meridian and Transpower 33kV switchgears, SCADA and power station.

This will open multiple new revenue streams for Meridian, with the ability to load shift between price periods and participate in the North Island reserve electricity market. Meridian anticipates that the BESS will deliver annual revenues of up to US$35 million.

Neal Barclay, CEO of Meridian, said, “The shared infrastructure provided by the BESS will significantly improve the economics of the future solar farm.”