Amplex-Emirates LLC was awarded a pilot project by Dubai’s Electricity & Water Authority to install a battery energy storage system at the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park in Dubai; the first energy storage system paired with a photovoltaic plant at a grid-scale level in the United Arab Emirates. NGK Insulators LTD supplied its NAS batteries and Ingeteam was responsible for the supply of a 1.2 MW power conversion system with its medium voltage components (power transformer, MV switchgear, etc.), and the power plant controller.
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Dubai is targeting introduction of 5,000 MW of PV and CSP by 2030, which will raise the ratio of renewable energy to 25 percent of total generation capacity. Furthermore, Dubai is seeking a 75 percent power output from clean energy sources by 2050.
In anticipation of the large-scale introduction of renewable energy in the future, DEWA installed a NAS battery system in the solar park to demonstrate its effectiveness in stabilizing grid fluctuations caused by the nature of renewable energy. The 1.2 MW/7.2 MWh NAS storage system is allowing DEWA to evaluate the technical and economic capabilities of this technology when integrated with PV arrays in order to increase grid stability and reduce CO2 emissions. In fact, the storage system will be also used for energy time shifting, frequency control and voltage control by using the large capacity of the batteries. This type of hybrid system helps to deliver clean and reliable power to energy consumers with a greater availability and cost-effectiveness.
The Ingeteam supply was comprised of a 1.2 MVA power station equipped with two storage inverters and all the rest of components for a LV-to-MV and DC-to-AC conversion (medium voltage transformer, medium voltage switchgear, etc.). These inverters have been designed to perform according to the most demanding international grid codes, featuring advanced operating functions such as black start capability. Moreover, they are suitable for both stand-alone and grid-tied systems. Also, Ingeteam supplied the Power Plant Controller (PPC) and the BMS interface control that manages the operation of the overall system, developing some of the more advanced control features.
Energy storage is a key sector for Ingeteam, where the company is positioning itself for the considerable development expected in the short and medium term for systems of this type, both at a residential level and also on a large scale. For that reason, Ingeteam is going to exhibit at Europe’s main energy storage event: Energy Storage Europe, to be held in Düsseldorf, Germany, from March 12-14.
The company will be showcasing the latest news of its main products and services in stand H12.