Enel’s first battery project

Company News    Apr 21, 2021 7:31 PM

Enel-Emgesa inaugurated the first large-scale energy storage battery system in Colombia.

The project will be developed at the Termozipa Power Plant in the municipality of Tocancipá (Cundinamarca), which is connected to the regional transmission system in the Bogotá savanna, Valora Analitik reported

The company is betting on the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), the first large capacity Ion/Lithium battery energy storage system in Colombia.

Enel explained that this system allows the Termozipa Thermal Power Plant to increase its generation capacity by storing seven megawatts of power and 3.9MWh of energy.

The goal is to support the stability of the electricity grid by storing surplus energy at times of low demand.

“Today, we take one more step in the energy transition process, which is the batteries. That is why it is important to know what is being done in each area, to understand why batteries are so important in this transition model,” CEO Lucio Rubio highlighted.

Rubio said that the company invested US$6.8M in this project and these batteries have a useful life of 15 years.

The Minister of Mines and Energy (MinEnergia), Diego Mesa, said that the country takes a new step in the energy transition with the inauguration of the first large-capacity battery-powered energy storage system.

“This is in addition to the first call in Colombia and in Latin America for large-scale battery energy storage that will be developed in the Atlantic and will have a capacity of 50MW,” Mesa said.

Bottom-Line: This project will be a good sample of how battery storage systems work and their real costs, as doubts have been raised about these issues in Colombia.

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