Aggreko commissions Turkey's first grid-stabilizing battery storage project
Aggreko, the Scotland-headquartered energy storage solutions provider announced that it has successfully commissioned Turkey's first grid-stabilizing battery storage system.
The 500 kilowatt, 1-hour lithium-ion battery storage is expected to help the regional distribution system operator (DSO) enhance grid stability in its electricity network, helping Turkey's power grid infrastructure, and supporting its network upgrade deferral.
"We are very pleased that our battery system was chosen to increase stability in the grid. Our solutions make energy infrastructure stronger and more flexible, which is key to integrating a growing share of renewables and successfully decarbonizing and decentralizing energy systems around the world," said Karim Wazni, Managing Director of Aggreko Microgrid and Storage Solutions.
Wazni noted Aggreko's mobile and modular solutions are capable of effectively addressing grid challenges as and when they arise -- from solar integration in the summer to demand spikes in winter.
Currently, Turkey's power grid is facing growing and fluctuating power demand Aggreko noted. The grid also has stronger production volatility as more and more renewable energy systems make use of the country's ample wind and solar resources.
Solar power accounts for around 4 percent of the country's energy mix at present, although there are ambitions for capacity to be doubled in 2021 the integration of the energy storage system in the grid is expected to lend it the much-needed flexibility and resilience in the existing power infrastructure and fill the gap towards cleaner and more efficient energy system.