China’s Biggest Energy Storage Facility Goes Live

Highlights :

  • The firm behind the storage, Hithium said that the storage capacity stands at 400 MWh.
  • With focus shifting to renewables plus storage in a big way in the next phase of renewables growth, China has some of the largest number of large storage projects under construction now.
China’s Biggest Energy Storage Facility Goes Live China’s Largest Stand-alone Energy Storage Station with Hithium LFP Battery

A stand-alone energy storage station that has a capacity of 200 MW/400 MWh has been connected to the grid in China’s Ningxia. Chinese conglomerate behind the project Hithium Energy Storage made the announcement. Xiamen Hithium Energy Storage Technology Co., Ltd., is a high-tech enterprise formally established in 2019, specializing in the R&D, production and sales of lithium-ion battery core materials, LFP energy storage batteries and systems.

Hithium said that this is the largest standalone Energy Storage Station. The company held that Robestec has supplied the mega station with energy storage systems which apply LFP energy storage batteries from Hithium.

China is pushing hard for low cost and efficient storage options to augment its large renewable energy roll out. A research by Trend Force says that by the middle of this decade (2025), the Chinese energy storage market is expected to swell by 100 GWh.

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Energy Storage and Grid: Courtesy: Hithium

As the largest of its kind in China up to this moment, Hithium calls the project a major milestone in the building of renewable energy power system in Ningxia, a small autonomous region in north-central China.

Hithium stated that Ningxia benefits from the unique advantages of wind and solar energy resources and the region is at the forefront of evolution to renewable energy. However, the intermittent nature of the clean energy sources remains a challenge to grid operators when scheduling power generation. That makes the case for large energy storage to ensure both dependable supply and balance the grid.

The newly opened energy storage facility will also help modulate frequency and peak according to power grid loads. When the grid experiences high demand, the stored energy can be directed towards homes and businesses.

Australia, with its spread out grid and high renewable contribution now has been one of the largest markets to opt for large energy storage of batteries. Now, there is a huge push across the US, China, and probably post 2024, even India, to add significant energy storage capabilities to ensure renewable generation can be stabilised and becomes a dependable source of power.

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