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Philippines set for 20MW of storage to cure black-out woes

Fri, 06/10/2016 - 14:20 -- Paul Crompton
Philippines set for 20MW of storage to cure black-out woes

A lithium-ion and a separate flywheel project will bring 20MW of energy storage to the Philippines when they come on stream this month as the country tries to halt blackouts.

AES Philippines, a unit of AES Corp., alongside Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO) is set to complete a 10 MW lithium-ion based energy storage facility in Masinloc, Zambales province late this month.

The 10-MW energy storage system will be used to provide reserve power and grid stability services to the Luzon grid, said Chanin Chaonirattisai, president of the Thai independent power producer EGCO

Construction on the project began in December 2015 and is currently around 90% complete, he added.

Meanwhile Philippines renewable energy company Emerging Power has joined forces with US flywheel firm Amber Kinetics on a project that will begin its first operations this month.

Californian company Amber Kinetics is providing a 10MW energy storage system to harness power from the 150MW solar farm in the Philippine municipality of Subic.

The two hybrid projects are likely to be only the tip of the iceberg as three other solar farms totaling almost 100-megawatts come online in the country.



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