Wärtsilä to Deliver SE Asia’s First-of-its-Kind Floating Energy Storage Solution in Q4 2021

Technology group Wärtsilä is expected to deliver first-of-a-kind flexible floating energy storage system in the South East Asia region in the fourth quarter of 2021.

March 10, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Technology group Wärtsilä is expected to deliver first-of-a-kind flexible floating energy storage system in the South East Asia region in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Commenting on the development, Emmanuel V. Rubio, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aboitiz Power, said “Wärtsilä will meet our urgent needs with this innovative and unique floating energy storage barge. Their ability to deliver this first-of-a-kind solution in less than 12 months is, to say the least, impressive.”

In September last year, the company had secured the order from Therma Marine Inc. (TMI), an arm of Aboitiz Power Corporation, for a barge-mounted 54 MW / 32 MWh energy storage system to be delivered on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis.

Aboitiz Power Corporation is one of the Philippines’ leading companies involved in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services.

The company said that it had been awarded the combined contract on the back of its unique experience in delivering both power barges for electricity production and energy storage solutions.

Further, Wärtsilä’s barge will be placed next to TMI’s existing thermal power barge with an aggregate 100 MW of capacity in the municipality of Maco.

“In addition to meeting TMI’s needs, it is important to note that Wärtsilä is the sole EPC provider for this kind of a project. The alternative would be to have one supplier for the barge and another for the energy storage system, which would require a lot of coordination and would undoubtedly slow the final delivery considerably,” added Kari Punnonen, Wärtsilä Energy Business Director, Australasia.

This floating energy storage solution will involve 10 Wärtsilä GridSolv Max systems, supported by the company’s advanced GEMS energy management platform, aboard a floating barge. 

Moreover, the solution is expected to provide flexibility for TMI in its ancillary service contract with the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines.

The company claimed that the innovative and standardised architecture of the solution will support both stand-alone energy storage deployments as well as integrated hybrids with thermal or renewable generation assets.

A floating power barge enables fast supply of electricity to areas with limited infrastructure and is a mobile asset, enabling relocation or trade.

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