Singapore is testing the energy storage system (ESS) waters with the deployment of its first grid-scale lithium-ion venture and the launch of a pilot project aiming to demonstrate the usefulness of a floating system.
Both projects, including the first utility-scale ESS in Singapore, represent an important milestone in the city’s energy transition towards a low-carbon energy future.
Singapore aims to install 200MW of energy storage beyond 2025 to harness power from at least 2GWp of solar deployment by 2030.
Sunseap Energy Ventures of Singapore installed the 2.4 MW/2.4 MWh lithium-ion ESS under an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract using a system supplied by technology group Wärtsilä.
The test-bed ESS facility is supported by Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) and energy utilities company SP Group.
The system will provide quick response and grid flexibility services to mitigate intermittency caused by solar, as well as reduce peak demand. The system will also provide insights into how an ESS performs in the city’s hot and humid environment.
The second project is a joint initiative between Singapore’s Energy Market Authority and shipbuilder Keppel Offshore and Marine (Keppel O&M).
The pilot project will deploy a 7.5MWh lithium-ion floating ESS as part of a S$10mn ($7.3 million) partnership to develop innovative energy solutions for the marine sector.
Storage will be placed on an offshore floating ‘living’ laboratory (FLL) that will also have LNG bunker facilities and be able to refuel small-scale supplier FueLNG’s (a joint venture between Keppel O&M and Shell) bunker vessel.
The FLL is expected to be operational by the end of 2021.
The project was awarded to a consortium led by Singapore-headquartered technology firm Envision Digital International.
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