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EPS secures contract to build 20MW battery storage project in Spain

CTBR Staff Writer Published 14 September 2017

Electro Power Systems (EPS) has secured an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Endesa, an electric utility company in Spain to build a 20MW/11.7MWh lithium-ion battery storage project in Almeria, Spain.

For the energy storage project, EPS will deliver a turnkey solution which will be installed at Endesa’s Carboneras thermoelectric plant.

The project will include 24 inverters, 16 containers of which, 8 are for PCS and 8 are for Li-ion storage.

EPS Strategy and Business Development executive director Giuseppe Artizzu said: “This contract confirms that EPS belongs to a selected pool of global players, able to deliver on a turnkey basis utility-scale storage systems to the world’s leading energy companies.”

The Carboneras thermoelectric plant is a baseload plant, which has been in operations since 1985. In the last 30 years, the plant was updated continuously to serve the Spanish electric system. Presently, Endesa, Enel’s subsidiary company is investing around €240m in new installations to improve the efficiency and environmental performances at the plant.

Endesa aims to improve its response to load fluctuations in current electricity system due to intermittency caused by an increased penetration of renewable. By adding an energy storage system, the company expects to reduce maintenance costs for the plant’s main components, apart from extending their useful life.

Endesa will invest €11.5m in the energy storage project that includes supply and installation of the battery bank, step-up transformers and two ancillary plant transformers, which will be delivered by ABB.

EPS Group CEO Carlalberto Guglielminotti said: “Is an exceptional result for EPS and confirms the competitiveness of our cutting-edge technology.”

This energy storage project is expected to start its operations in June next year.

Image: EPS to install 20MW energy storage system in Spain. Photo: Courtesy of Electro Power Systems S.A.