Malaysia has its first energy storage system (ESS) for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Energy company Gentari said it and highway operator Plus opened a fast-charging modular and portable station with BESS at the Behrang lay-by on the North-South Expressway, Malaysia’s main highway.
Norwegian company Pixii is supplying an ESS that transfers energy from the grid to batteries and back to the grid when needed. Pixii CEO Kenneth Bodahl said: “The usage of charging stations varies widely, and managing demand peaks directly through the grid is challenging. This has especially been a concern in Malaysia. Our energy storage systems provide a buffer to handle these peaks, enabling a power boost that allows for fast charging.”
The installations have a capacity of 300kW and a storage capacity of 300kWh per system. The charging stations have solar panels to increase local power production.
Pixii’s systems are based on Pixiibox, a power electronics module that is modular and scalable. The company said it has sold ESS for an additional seven fast-charging stations.
Gentari said the rollout will be phased in 2023 and 2024, starting with four lay-bys along Plus highways. Each site will have a DC charging power up to 200kW, and four charging points per location.