Oersted, a Danish renewables company, has announced its plan to establish a storage pilot project in Changhua County of China's Taiwan Province.
The pilot energy storage system will use lithium-ion battery technology and will be the company's first facility in Taiwan, as well as Asia.
The company will work together with the Changhua County government, Taipower, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and National Changhua University of Education (NCUE), to establish a consortium for energy storage research and promote local development of a green energy ecosystem.
The county government will lead on the selection of the project site and related permits, while Taipower will provide the grid connection.
ITRI will collaborate with education institutions in Changhua to lead the energy storage research.
"Energy storage technology has evolved rapidly, and the costs continue to decrease. The development of energy storage systems in the future will accelerate the integration of renewable energy supply and demand," said Martin Neubert, CEO of Wind Power at Oersted.
According to Neubert, the energy storage project in Changhua aims to collaborate with local partners to enhance grid efficiency and stability.
Changhua County magistrate Wei Ming Ku said: “Orsted is the first offshore wind developer to sign a MoU with Changhua County and has been a good partner in promoting offshore wind ever since."
“(The) cooperation between Changhua and Orsted on the energy storage pilot is a great support to Changhua in developing mid-to long-term plan for a local green energy eco-system, talent cultivation and business generation.”
At present, Oersted has four offshore wind projects under development off Changhua County with a total capacity of 2.4GW.
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