Dutch-based Alfen has begun installation of a smart energy storage system for Eandis' logistical center in Lokeren, Belgium, that will be used to optimize self-consumption of the rooftop solar energy generation. The storage system, called 'TheBattery', will facilitate Eandis' shift from fossil fuel to renewable energy.
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Alfen will supply a 140kW energy storage system that will be connected to Eandis' logistical center. In addition, Alfen will deliver and implement the remote management and control of the system.
Yves Vercammen, sales manager for Alfen in Belgium, stated, "The collaboration with Eandis shows that we are operating at the heart of the energy transition with a unique integrated offering dedicated to enabling the energy grid of the future. This project demonstrates the increasing demand for decentralized renewable energy solutions that require smart energy solutions."
Eandis is a distribution grid systems operator with activities in 229 cities and municipalities throughout Flanders in Belgium, responsible for 2.7 million electricity connections. Eandis recently added some 375 kWp of rooftop solar power to its logistical center in Lokeren. To match the intermittent solar energy production with its own operations, it is now implementing Alfen's battery energy storage system called TheBattery.
Jean Pierre Hollevoet, Director Asset Management and Supply Chain at Eandis, said, "With the new energy storage system of Alfen, we will be able to optimize self-consumption of the solar energy in our facilities, which is an important new step towards an energy neutral and sustainable distribution center.”
The storage system is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2018.