AES breaks ground for Zambales facility


AES Philippines broke ground on construction for its first battery energy storage facility in the country last week.

Located in Masinloc, Zambales, the facility is expected to provide 10 megawatts (MW) of interconnected capacity and enhance the reliability of the Luzon grid.

The Masinloc Array will use the Advancion® energy storage solution, and is expected to be completed by mid-2016.

“It will be one of the first advanced energy storage installations in Southeast Asia and among the largest in all of Asia,” AES Philippines said in a statement.

AES Philippines managing director Neeraj Bhat said the company is pleased to bring this pioneering technology and application to the Philippines.

“Battery-based energy storage will play a critical role in tomorrow’s grid, helping to improve stability, lower total system costs, and incorporate higher volumes of renewable energy projects,” said Bhat.

Bhat also said they “look forward to working with key stakeholders to demonstrate the value and capabilities of this technology,”

Marty Crotty, AES Asia Strategic Business Unit president, and Bhat led the groundbreaking ceremony last December 15.

Several local government officials spearheaded by Zambales Governor Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr. and representatives from the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) also attended the groundbreaking.

The advanced energy storage project at Masinloc will strengthen the Luzon grid by providing fast response ancillary services like frequency regulation. This solution is especially valuable to island grids facing challenges in instantaneously matching supply and demand across a smaller pool of resources.

Energy storage can perform this function more effectively than traditional grid resources, resulting in cost savings and lower system-wide emissions.

Ebdane said the development of the facility will not only secure quality energy services for the people of Zambales and the rest of Luzon, but also contribute to the continued development of the province.

“Our province is proud to be the setting for the development of the first battery-based energy storage in the country,” Ebdane said.

AES is actively developing other energy storage facilities in the Philippines, including one in Kabankalan, Negros Occidental.

According to Bhat, the Kabankalan project will improve the Visayas grid’s ability to incorporate the significant volume of solar power coming online in the region in early 2016.

AES is a leader in commercial energy storage solutions, which improve flexibility and reliability of the power system and provide customers with a complete alternative to traditional peaking power plants.

AES’ fourth generation Advancion solution is touted to be the most proven energy storage platform available, resulting from AES’ more than eight years of commercial experience operating grid-connected energy storage.

AES has 384 MW of interconnected energy storage, equivalent to 768 MW of flexible resource, in operation, construction or late stage development in six countries.


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