Siemens Gamesa announced that it is working on a hybrid energy project in Puerto Galera on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines, which will provide stable electricity in a location with a weak link to the grid and reduce dependence on diesel fuel.
The project will combine an existing 16-MW wind power facility and a 6-MW/ 6 MWh battery storage solution with an in-house central control system managing energy produced at the plant. The supply and commissioning will be carried out by Siemens Gamesa, with construction by a subsidiary of Berkeley Energy.
Expected operation is in late 2020, following the signing of a supply and five-year maintenance contract including Siemens Gamesa Hybrid Plant Controller (HPC) system.
The system will manage power generated and stored at the plant and can fine tune wind turbines to optimize the plant’s performance.
Currently, the wind power facility has been fully installed (using Siemens Gamesa 2 MW turbines), and the 6 MW Gamesa Electric lithium battery storage system should be completed in 2020.
An additional wind farm is also being negotiated, which would increase wind capacity by 10 MW, pending approvals from the Department of Energy (DoE).
The operation of the plant, which is subject to relevant government permits, will be optimized by the Energy Management Service (EMS) provided remotely by Siemens Gamesa technicians.
“This plant will help the region to cut its diesel use and emissions, while using storage facilities to assure that people have access to clean energy when they need it. Hybrid solutions such as these, reduce the intermittency of renewable energy, and as such provide huge growth potential,” said Warren Wilson, Sales & Marketing Managing Director – Onshore Siemens Gamesa.