Qatar launches first-ever storage project using Tesla batteries


The Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation (KAHRAMAA) has launched a pilot project to store electrical energy using batteries. This is the first project of its kind in the State of Qatar.

The project was implemented in cooperation with Al Attiyah Group and Tesla, where the batteries and sub-station were connected to the local Nuaija station on a voltage of 11kV, and controlled via the Distribution Control Center.

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This pioneering project will secure production capacity at peak times, raise energy efficiency and enhance sustainability.

Energy storage units with a capacity of 1MW / 4MWh were installed in the Nuaija station with the aim of storing energy off-peak hours and using it during peak times.

The implementation of the project took nearly a year, as KAHRAMAA succeeded in completing the project ahead of schedule and beginning operations to benefit from it during the summer period, which is one of the highest periods of energy consumption in the State of Qatar compared to the rest of the year.

This project was implemented with high specifications, as Al Attiyah Group built and prepared the civil work and installed the equipment in the station in coordination with KAHRAMAA, while Tesla provided the energy storage system (batteries).

KAHRAMAA is proud that its personnel have managed the project in all its stages. The team has succeeded in overcoming many challenges faced during the implementation, most important of which is managing and training its personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The importance of the success of this pilot project lies in opening new avenues to engage in larger projects in the future by connecting them to some high-load stations in the network and integrating them with KAHRAMAA’s strategic projects for renewable energy.