Singapore-based CW Group has awarded Wärtsilä the contract to implement a 2.4 MW/2.4MWh energy storage system (ESS) test bed for Singapore's Energy Market Authority (EMA), a statutory board under the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Singapore, and SP Group (Singapore Power).
The intention is to support and enable Singapore’s goal of deploying 1GWp of solar PV generation capacity by 2020. Key to the testing will be the ability of the energy storage system to cope with the hot and humid weather conditions Singapore experiences.
The Wärtsilä solution will incorporate GEMS software from Greensmith Energy, a Wärtsilä company. This test bed will be Singapore's first utility-scale ESS, and the first such project in Asia for Wärtsilä / Greensmith. The plant is expected to be fully operational during the latter part of 2018.
Commenting on the project, Mr. Ng Wai Choong, CEO of EMA said; "Insights from this test bed will be useful for Singapore to learn how storage could enhance the stability of the grid, provide quick response capacity, and improve operational flexibility. We are also exploring how to couple energy storage with solar forecasting capabilities to enable greater deployment of solar in Singapore."
“Energy storage is rapidly becoming a key issue for the global energy markets, and our solutions provide grid stability while enabling the integration of large scale deployments of solar and other renewable resources" said Andrew Tang, Senior Vice President, Greensmith Energy.
Photo: The Wärtsilä and CW Group teams at Singapore International Energy Week (SIEW) 2017.