Aboitiz Power plans 12 battery energy storage facilities

Aboitiz Power Corp. will build 12 battery energy storage system (BESS) facilities with a total capacity of 248 megawatts for contingency reserves in the next 10 years.

In a statement Tuesday, Aboitiz Power said it was expanding its portfolio of BESS projects to help ensure grid stability through sufficient ancillary services.

BESS is a type of energy storage system that is capable of storing energy electrochemically. It can be connected to the grid, small grid, distribution system, or end-user facility to deliver the energy demand when needed.

“Our foray into battery technology is a key component of our 10-year growth strategy, which ultimately aims to address the energy trilemma of energy security, energy equity, and environmental sustainability,” Aboitiz Power president and CEO Emmanuel V. Rubio said.

The company, in partnership with Wartsila and Aboitiz Construction, recently started the installation of its first BESS project at its Therma Marine, Inc. (TMI) facility with a capacity of 49 MW in Maco, Davao de Oro.

This will fortify TMI’s capability to support the Mindanao grid, especially during the summer months when there is a limited supply of energy generated by hydropower plants due to lower water levels.

TMI BESS is the first of its kind in the Philippines in terms of the hybrid concept, putting together two complementing technologies to ensure a fast and sustained energy delivery.

“The battery technology presents a great opportunity for AboitizPower to address concerns on the reliability, affordability, and sustainability of energy supply. By ensuring the stability of our grid, we are responding to the needs of our customers and communities, as well as supporting economic growth,” Rubio said.

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