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Saft, Enercon to deliver Europe’s first Li-ion battery system to support wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 15 April 2015

Manufacturer of industrial batteries Saft, has partnered with wind turbine and energy converter ENERCON to deliver an energy storage system (ESS) project for SEV, which is the power distributor in the Faroe Islands.

The 2.3 MW ESS project will see Europe's first commercial deployment of wind-farm-powered lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery system.

The ESS will boost grid stability by helping to smooth ramp rates, offering ancillary services such as frequency control, and enabling SEV to capture the full potential of the new 12 MW Húsahagi wind farm.

The Faroe Islands is an autonomous country within the Kingdom of Denmark, situated in the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean.

The government aims to increase the share of renewable generation from 38% in 2011 to 75% in 2020 as the country's overall energy consumption continues to grow.

As part of this renewable energy programme, a 12MW wind farm, comprising 13 ENERCON wind turbines, located in Húsahagi, north of the capital Tórshavn on the island Streymoy, was inaugurated in 2014.

The Li-ion ESS will operate in combination with the new wind farm to help SEV address the key grid stability issues created by an increasing penetration of intermittent renewable energy resources.

In particular, it will provide ramp control to smooth out sharp increases and decreases in power, as well as frequency response and voltage control services.

The ESS will comprise two of Saft's well proven Intensium Max High Power containerised Li-ion battery systems, with a nominal rating of 700 kWh and 2.3 MW, combined with ENERCON's containerised 2.3 MVA power conversion system and power control system. It is scheduled for commissioning in December 2015.