The contract for 18 four-hour ESSs totalling 1.35GW/5.4GWh was awarded to Nidec ASI by a company whose identity it did not disclose. No financial details were given.
Six of the projects will be deployed in Sardinia while the remaining 12 will be in Italy’s Centre-North region. They should be up and running by January 2024.
Nidec said it will have four of its factories (three in Italy and one in France), at full-production capacity for 8-10 months.
Conversion panels will be made in the Cinisello Balsamo plants (also responsible for assembly and wiring operations), while inverters will be manufactured in Montebello Vicentino. The auxiliary and control systems will be made in Roche-la-Molière, France.
The company said the project is a concrete response to REPowerEU, the European Commission’s plan to make Europe independent from fossil fuels well before 2030.