Fluence Commissions Phase-I of 470 MW Grid-Scale Battery Storage Project in Philippines

Energy storage technology, services and software provider Fluence has commissioned two 20 MW each battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) in the Philippines for San Miguel Corporation Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMCGPH).

June 11, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Energy storage technology, services and software provider Fluence has commissioned two 20 MW each battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) in the Philippines for San Miguel Corporation Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMCGPH).

This represents the phase-I of an energy storage portfolio aggregating 470 MW across 13 project sites that SMCGPH has contracted Fluence to supply and maintain.

Further, SMCGPH’s ESS portfolio has been the largest such procurement to date in the Southeast Asia and will provide critical grid stability services for power grids across the Philippines, including managing frequency and voltage and supplying reactive power.

Further, the project has multiple sites ranging in size from 20 to 60 MW, and the entire project is expected to be commissioned in 2022. This makes it not only one of the largest deployments of grid-scale battery-based energy storage on a single national grid, but one of the fastest at this scale.

Commenting on the partnership, Jan Teichmann, general manager for the Asia Pacific region of Fluence, said “Fluence is proud to help SMC Global Power make its ambitious vision of a cleaner, more resilient grid in the Philippines a reality.”

“Our team, which has pioneered new markets and applications for energy storage to make it a trusted component of modern electric grids around the world, has worked closely with SMCGPH to expand the range of ancillary services batteries are providing, paving the way for a truly transformed grid in the Philippines in just a few years’ time,” he added.

The two 20 MW systems already commissioned and tested by NGCP are in Kabankalan in the province of Negros Occidental, and in Malita in the province of Davao Occidental, respectively.

Additional 20 MW systems is expected to be commissioned shortly including an expansion of the already-deployed Masinloc project — tripling the Masinloc project site’s energy storage capacity — and a 20 MW system in Maco, in the province of Davao de Oro, the company said in statement.

Meanwhile, it will continue to deploy the remaining energy storage systems for SMCGPH across the Philippines through July of 2022.

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