Wärtsilä Finalizes Commissioning of First Two Energy Storage Projects in the Philippines

Jun 2021

The technology group Wärtsilä has signed multiple energy storage contracts with SMC Global Power Holdings Inc. through its subsidiary, Universal Power Solutions Inc, in the Philippines during 2019-2020.

The first two projects, Integrated Renewable Power Hub-Toledo and BCCPP, Limay, Bataan, had achieved final commissioning in May. The projects had a capacity of 20 MW/20 MWh and 40 MW/40MWh, respectively, and were part of earlier announced energy storage orders.

These are the first energy storage systems supplied by Wärtsilä to the Philippines. The projects are delivered on an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) basis, and include Wärtsilä’s propriety software and hardware solutions. The systems comprise the company’s GridSolv Max system, a standardized energy storage solution that provides flexible and modular storage for the core hardware assets of the systems including the batteries, a safety and fire system, and inverters, alongside the advanced GEMS Digital Energy Platform.

Wärtsilä is enabling the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future by designing and building flexible systems that integrate renewable energy sources, thermal assets and energy storage. In 2018, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) committed to meeting 23% of its primary energy needs from renewables by 2025. The region aims to leverage its abundant wind and solar resources and reduce its reliance on fossil fuels, especially as grid systems are developing. Wärtsilä’s energy storage projects will contribute to the reliability necessary to support Southeast Asia’s transition to carbon-free resources.

Wärtsilä’s GEMS Digital Energy platform dynamically manages the integration of intermittent renewables, thereby, enabling the grid to become more responsive and stable. The GEMS grid applications include voltage and frequency regulation, reactive power support, spinning reserve, ramp rate optimization, renewable energy output smoothing, and energy arbitrage.

Wärtsilä’s presence in South East Asia is represented by a total installed capacity of over 9,000 MW, of which 2,000 MW were executed as EPC deliveries, including approximately 300 MW of contracted energy storage systems.

(Source: Wärtsilä Energy)