2016-09-27
AES breaks ground on battery-based energy storage in Zambales

The energy storage project, according to AES, will strengthen the Luzon grid by providing fast response ancillary services like frequency regulation

MANILA, Philippines — A local unit of AES Corporation broke ground on its battery-based energy storage system at Masinloc in Zambales, providing 10 megawatts (MW) of interconnected capacity and enhancing the reliability of the Luzon grid.

"AES is pleased to bring this pioneering technology and application to the Philippines. Battery-based energy storage will play a critical role in tomorrow’s grid, helping to improve stability, lower total system costs, and incorporate higher volumes of renewable energy projects," AES Philippines Managing Director Neeraj Bha said in a statement.

"We look forward to working with key stakeholders to demonstrate the value and capabilities of this technology," Bha added. (READ: Renewable energy growing in PH, but still needs efficiency)

Once completed by mid-2016, AES Philippines said it will be one of the first advanced energy storage installations in Southeast Asia and among the largest in Asia.

The energy storage project, according to AES, will strengthen the Luzon grid by providing fast response ancillary services like frequency regulation.

This solution is especially valuable to island grids facing challenges in instantaneously matching supply and demand across a smaller pool of resources, AES said. "Energy storage can perform this function more effectively than traditional grid resources, resulting in cost savings and lower system-wide emissions."

"Our province is proud to be the setting for the development of the first battery-based energy storage in the country. Its development will not only secure quality energy services for the people of Zambales and the rest of Luzon, but also contribute to the continued development of the province," Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane Jr said.

Bha, Ebdane, and AES Asia Strategic Business Unit President Marty Crotty led the groundbreaking ceremony last December 15.

Several local government officials and representatives from the Department of Energy, and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) also participated in the groundbreaking.

AES is actively developing other energy storage facilities in the Philippines, including one in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.

According to Bha, the Kabankalan project will improve the Visayas grid’s ability to incorporate the significant volume of solar power coming on-line in the region in early 2016.

AES Philippines has 384 MW of interconnected energy storage, equivalent to 768 MW of flexible resource, in operation, construction or late stage development in 6 countries. 

(This news story is from Rappler)