Floating energy storage systems are being developed for use in areas wanting to increase their use of renewable energy, but with constraints on the land available that could be used for solar and wind farms or land-based energy storage.
Southeast Asia is one area ready to utilize such installations. The technology group Wärtsilä on March 9 said it will deliver a flexible floating barge-mounted energy storage system (ESS) that is designed to help a Philippine operator meet its grid requirements.
Tuesday’s news comes a few months after Singapore’s Energy Market Authority (EMA) and Keppel Offshore & Marine said their partnership is researching development of Singapore’s first floating ESS. The two groups have been working on designs for energy solutions for the marine sector, and said their technologies can be part of the future for electric-powered and hybrid ships.
Wärtsilä on Tuesday said it received a combined contract award that will incorporate both a barge-mounted ESS and an existing thermal power barge from Therma Marine Inc. (TMI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp., a Filipino company involved in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services. The 54-MW/32-MWh ESS is being delivered by Wärtsilä on an engineering, procurement, and construction basis.
The Wärtsilä barge will be placed next to TMI’s thermal power barge to provide a total of 100 MW of capacity for the town of Maco in the province of Davao de Oro. Wärtsilä in a news release Tuesday said the project will be handled on a fast-track basis, with delivery scheduled to be completed in late 2021. The companies said it will be the first-ever deployment of a floating energy storage solution in Southeast Asia.
Wärtsilä at present has 26 power barge installations worldwide, with a total power capacity of 1,500 MW. The company said the technology “enables fast supply of electricity to areas with limited infrastructure and is a mobile asset, enabling relocation or trade.”