Firm OKs $28M battery energy storage in Magat

A renewable energy company is constructing a $28 million 20-megawatt battery energy storage system (BESS) facility in its Magat Hydro Electric Power Plant (HEPP) by 2020 here.

SN AboitizPower (SNAP) said the facility would be used to boost its ancillary services and standby power supply that can be tapped in case the regular supply falls short of the requirement.

SNAP is a joint venture between SN Power of Norway and AboitizPower, which owns and operates the 360 to 380-megawatt (MW) Magat hydro at the border of Isabela and Ifugao provinces; the 8.5-MW Maris hydro in Isabela; the 105-MW Ambuklao hydro in Benguet; and the 140-MW Binga hydro also in Benguet.

Mike Hosillos, SNAP vice president and chief corporate services officer, said the conduct of the feasibility study in 2019 for BESS in Magat has been approved by its board of directors.

“Construction is set to start in 2020, with target operationalization by 2022 once the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines approves the facility’s Ancillary Services Procurement Agreement,” Hosillos said.

Joseph Yu, SNAP Group president and chief executive officer, explained that one can think of battery energy storage as a giant power bank.

“With BESS, we will have a battery facility that is connected to the grid where we can withdraw power from when necessary,” he said.


Source :

Smart Grid Bulletin February 2019

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