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Corsica Sole inaugurates Continental Europe's largest BESS in Belgium

The two-hour battery energy storage system in Wallonia, Belgium. Source: Corsica Sole.

French energy developer Corsica Sole has recently inaugurated the largest battery energy storage plant in continental Europe at Deux-Acren, Wallonia in Belgium with an investment of €33 million (US$34.7 million). 

Yuso and InnoVent were the developing partners for the 50MW/100MWh BESS project, while Tesla provided its 'MegaPack' utility-scale battery systems for energy storage. 

The BESS is primarily built to enhance stability of frequency in the European electricity network by ensuring a balance between production and consumption. The systems stores energy at off-peak hours of low consumption to reinject it at times of high consumption, and mitigate the intermittency of renewable energy sources by providing load shifting services. 

"A pioneer in energy storage in France, Corsica Sole has been operating this type of power plant on the French islands since 2015 ", underlines Michael Coudyser, Managing Director of CORSICA SOLE. " This project is an important step for the development of electricity storage solutions in Europe". 

He further added, "By demonstrating that large-scale battery deployment is economically viable, we are proving that we can build a world based on renewable energy coupled with energy storage. With this project, Corsica Sole changes scale and becomes one of the European leaders in the sector". 

This is one of the three 100MWh projects in Belgium that are in development. Two other projects with 25MW/100MWh systems each are expected to come online by the end of this year. 

Corsica Sole had previously completed the BESS project in Corsica island in Mediterranean sea. As an independent energy storage developer in France and abroad, the company targets to achieve 1 GW of installed capacity by 2028.

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