Engie kickstarts energy storage study in Chile

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Utility firm ENGIE Energia has kickstarted an energy storage pilot in Arica, Chile.

Following an approval from energy regulator National Electrical Coordination, Engie Energia has commissioned 2MW/2MWh energy storage system developed by NEC Energy Solutions.

In addition to the lithium-ion battery system, NEC Energy Solutions is providing the utility with a power conversion system, energy controls system and battery maintenance services.

The battery will be connected to an existing substation, provide spinning and ancillary services in addition to enabling the utility to integrate solar and wind projects with the grid.

The project is Engie’s first storage system in Arica.

 Axel Levêque, general manager of Engie Energia in Chile, said: “This is the initial step to evaluate the capabilities of this technology, which we project will grow exponentially over the next few years due to the fundamental role they will play in the development of renewable energy projects.

“The implementation of this pilot project is a new step of ENGIE in the energy transition, looking for solutions to integrate more efficiently and flexible clean energy into the national electricity system.

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Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.