Wärtsilä’s Energy Storage Projects in Philippines Achieves Final Commission

Wärtsilä’s Energy Storage Projects in Philippines Achieves Final Commission

Finnish manufacturer and service provider of power sources and other equipment in the marine and energy markets, Wärtsilä Corporation announced the final commissioning of the first two of its multiple energy storage projects in the Philippines.

Wärtsilä has had signed many projects with SMC Global Power Holdings Inc. through its subsidiary, Universal Power Solutions Inc., during 2019-2020, and two out of them, Integrated Renewable Power Hub-Toledo and BCCPP, Limay, Bataan, have achieved final commissioning in May 2021. This commissioning makes them the first-ever projects served by Wärtsilä to the Philipines with the capacity of 20 MW / 20 MWh and 40 MW / 40MWh, respectively.

Speaking of the projects commissioning, the Director, Australasia, Wärtsilä Energy, Kari Punnonen stated, “These projects showcase our long-term commitment to be present in the Philippines and to continue delivering optimized solutions that support the energy transition in Southeast Asia.”

“Our partnership with SMC Global Power, a company with technical experience in battery energy storage systems, has enabled us to reach this stage and be ready for operation in record time. This also further demonstrates Wärtsilä’s EPC capabilities in the region, as well as our ability to operate under the challenging restrictions set by the pandemic,” Kari commented on the partnership with SMC.

These projects have been delivered on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis, and include Wärtsilä’s propriety software and hardware solutions. The systems comprise the company’s GridSolv Max system, a standardized energy storage solution that provides flexible and modular storage for the core hardware assets of the systems, including the batteries, a safety, and fire system, and inverters, alongside the advanced GEMS Digital Energy Platform.

Since the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) committed in 2018 to meet 23 percent of its primary energy needs from renewables by 2025, Wärtsilä claims to enable the transition towards a 100 percent renewable energy future by designing and building flexible systems that integrate renewable energy sources, thermal assets, and energy storage.

Recently in April 2021, Wärtsilä and AGL signed MoU to develop new hybrid energy systems that integrate renewable behind-the-meter and off-grid technologies to provide its commercial and industrial customers having requirements above 20 MW, with a broad range of sustainable options which will help reduce emissions without impeding security of supply.

In the same month, Wärtsilä bagged the award of a contract to supply an engineered equipment delivery (EEQ) of a 40 MW / 80 MWh DC-coupled solar plus storage system to the Hickory Park Solar project in Georgia, USA, from RWE Renewables.

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