Fimer to Supply BESS Solution for Asia’s 1st Automatic Frequency Control Initiative

Italian solar inverter manufacturer Fimer jointly with TSE-listed smart energy conglomerate Tatung has been selected by Taipower to provide its battery energy storage systems (BESS) solution to power Asia’s first automatic frequency control (AFC) initiative.

May 25, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Italian solar inverter manufacturer Fimer jointly with TSE-listed smart energy conglomerate Tatung has been selected by Taipower to provide its battery energy storage systems (BESS) solution to power Asia’s first automatic frequency control (AFC) initiative.

The BESS system will help the power grid accommodate fluctuations resulting from renewable energy generation such as solar and wind energy.

Taipower, an electricity supplier to Taiwan’s main and offshore islands, is set to launch Asia’s first AFC initiative through the application of BESS.

This initiative has been likened to a ‘virtual power plant’ which in addition to significantly reducing carbon emissions, and will generate 15 MW of electricity per second.

It will also offer a rate of frequency control 3 to 5 times faster than that of large-scale generator and bring greater stability to Taiwan’s power supply.

To accommodate a high penetration of variable renewable energy, Fimer’s PVS980-58BC helps increase grid flexibility and improve the integration of renewable resources, the company said.

Upon receiving a command from the Energy Management System (EMS) in the event of an unplanned generator outage, the PVS980-58BC will minimize power disruptions by fully performing power charging and discharging within 20 milliseconds of transfer time.

Commenting on the development, Fimer Taiwan Managing Director Vincent Wu, said “we are honored to partner with Tatung in delivering our energy storage solutions across various locations in Taiwan as part of Taipower’s initiative. FIMER’s UL 1741 certified PVS980-58BC bidirectional converter fulfills the UL 9540 Energy Storage System (ESS) requirements, having undergone a stringent stress-testing process at our labs in Finland and Italy before being deployed. It is engineered to power utility-scale projects safely and reliably even under the harshest weather conditions, whether in sub-zero temperatures or extreme heat.”

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