The renewables arm of multinational energy firm Enel has started work on a project combining wind turbines and a 34MW battery energy storage system (BESS) in Chile.
Enel Green Power Chile is investing US$190 million in the project which pairs 22 wind turbines of 4.8MW each, totalling 105.6MW of power, and a 34.3MW lithium-ion BESS.
The La Cabaña wind farm will be located in the Araucanía Region in the municipality of Angol. Enel did not spell out explicitly if the BESS will charge directly from the wind or just share grid connection and other infrastructure, but Fabrizio Barderi, the firm’s general manager for Chile, indicated in a press release it is most likely the former.
“Through the development of La Cabaña, we are also continuing our strategy of hybridisation of non-conventional renewable generation plants. This wind project is Enel Chile’s first using storage batteries, through which we will have greater flexibility in managing the plant,” he said.
Chile has passed major legislation which aims to incentivise the deployment of storage and EV technology at scale. For energy storage, it will allow standalone systems to receive income from dispatching their energy and power in the country’s National Electric System market.