WITH the global energy storage system market expected to reach $17.9 billion by 2027, battery energy storage systems (BESS) are emerging as the strongest solution to increase grid flexibility and reliability.
To help improve grid performance in the country, SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMC), one of the major suppliers of power to the national grid in the Philippines, has partnered with ABB to install BESS facilities as part of its nationwide BESS Project, the region’s largest BESS project.
As part of a multimillion-dollar contract won in 2019, ABB will support two 20MW sites, which will be installed by June 2021 with a further 40MW site in July 2021. The remaining sites will be completed in 2022.
This project will support the Philippines’ ambitious plans to build a more sustainable future for its communities by decarbonizing energy generation and ensuring that 54 percent of its energy mix comes from renewables by 2040 (a sizable increase from 29 percent of renewables in 2019).
To meet these targets, the country faces several challenges to ensure grid stability, including the length of power lines required to connect the diverse archipelago as well as intermittent energy supply from wind and solar, which needs storage to act as a frequency regulator.
ABB has provided a packaged BESS solution to strengthen the reliability and stability of the local grid on Luzon, the largest, most populous island in the archipelago, and the Visayas.