Utility Colbún has inaugurated a solar-plus-storage challenge with a 32MWh battery vitality storage system within the Atacama area of Chile.
The Diego de Almagro challenge is a 330-hectare web site comprising 470,000 photo voltaic panels totalling 230MW of energy and a 8MW/32MWh BESS permitting for 4 hours of full energy discharge.
The general challenge totalled US$150 million of funding of which the BESS was US$11 million.
The challenge is Colbún’s first operational vitality storage unit, the biggest photo voltaic PV park within the Atacama area and in addition the “debut of this sort of know-how” there, the corporate claims.
Colbún plans to deploy 800MW of battery storage and have 4,000MW of renewable capability on-line by 2030, having moved away from a mannequin of procuring renewable vitality from different corporations. PV Tech spoke to the agency’s CEO José Ignacio Escobar for a bit in the newest version of quarterly journal PV Tech Energy.
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