Meralco kickstarts EV charging and energy storage development


Utility company, Manila Electric Company (Meralco) and Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation have started developing four electric vehicle charging stations.

The EV charging stations have been commissioned by Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation for use by the Department of Trade and Industry, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

The Chademo EV chargers have been donated by Mitsubishi Motors Japan and will be constructed in government offices in Quezon City, Makati, Cebu and Davao.

The charging stations will power five Mitsubishi innovative Electric Vehicle (iMiEVs) and five Outlander Plug-In Hybrid EVs also donated to the two government agencies by Mitsubishi Motors Japan.

Meralco and energy storage development

The energy distribution company is also developing two 1MW lithium-battery energy storage plants with Japanese multinational engineering firm Hitachi, under a pilot project.

The energy storage systems are being sited at San Rafael Service Center in Bulacan to provide electricity to consumers in Cruz na Daan service territory.

The systems are set for completion in January 2018. The pilot aims to test the ability of energy storage to help meet peak demand, increase portfolios  of distributed energy resources and overall service reliability.

Jose Zaldarriaga, spokesperson at Meralco, said: “Meralco has embarked on its ‘smart grid’ journey and we recognise that energy storage will play a vital role in every facet of the grid, spanning from generation to consumption.

“This project with Hitachi aims to prepare Meralco for future grid-scale Bess installations and provide an understanding of the interconnection of grid-scale Bess on the distribution network via an actual learning experience and a simulation of its operations.”

Last month, Gavin Barfield, chief technology advisor at the Manila Electric Company, announced that the utility has started digitisation of its operations and infrastructure.

The move is part of efforts to reduce operational costs and to improve operational efficiency, customer experience and reliability of grid network.

“Meralco has invested heavily in new technologies as we undergo a digital transformation of our company. We will soon be launching a whole new digital customer experience more suited to the next generation of customers – the digital natives,” said Gavin. Read more…


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