6MW/7MWh battery energy storage project will be deployed in the Arctic winter

French battery manufacturer and energy storage system integrator Saft has said it has been awarded a turnkey contract to deploy a 6MW/7MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) in the Norwegian archipelago,media reported.

The company will deliver the battery storage system to the community in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, and it will be completed by the end of 2022. Less than 3,000 people live in Svalbard.

The battery energy storage project will install six Intensium Max containerized energy storage systems developed by Saft and will feature a fully integrated solution that includes power conversion and control systems. The company says it will help the city of Longyearbyen achieve its zero carbon goal.

April 12, 2022

The battery storage system will be built near a coal-fired power plant to provide backup capacity, overcome power fluctuations and provide backup power. The power plant will close in 2023, after which the battery energy storage system will provide voltage and frequency control services to integrate diesel generation and growing renewable energy.

Joachim Karlsen, Project Manager at Longyearbyen City Council, said: “We selected Saft after a competitive bidding process that assessed price, quality and delivery capabilities. The company has a proven track record of deploying similar battery storage systems in remote communities in northern Canada and Alaska. experience and proven high reliability. This gives us even more confidence that their team is capable of delivering complex projects in harsh arctic conditions and that the battery energy storage system they install will provide us with reliable and safe power Serve."  

The projects Karlsen mentioned also include a 21MW wind farm in northwestern Finland and a 1MWh battery storage system to connect to a microgrid in a remote coastal Arctic community in Cordova, Alaska. Saft also paid for a smaller 950kWh battery storage system for an electric cooperative in Kotzebue, Alaska.

Saft said it will ship the battery storage system to Svalbard this summer to overcome logistical challenges and conduct final commissioning this winter to demonstrate its battery storage system's tolerance for the harsh Arctic winter.

Other projects deployed near the Arctic

Other battery storage projects in the Arctic (not strictly the Arctic) include a large 40MWh battery storage system in Canada's Yukon Territory. After a year-long tender, SunGrid Solutions was recently selected by utility Yukon Energy as the construction partner for the project. The project will cost C$35 million ($27 million), of which C$16.5 million will be provided by the Government of Canada's Green Infrastructure Fund.

Another larger project is the 93MWh Tesla Megapack battery storage project in Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula, for which utility Homer Electric signed a power purchase agreement, which opened on January 19, 2022. Installed on-site at a natural gas power plant to provide electricity services, the energy storage system can enhance grid stability and reduce carbon emissions.

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