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Fluence commissions first phase of the 470 MWh energy storage portfolio in the Philippines

Fluence, the leading energy storage provider has completed commissioning of the initial project of 20MW/20 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) of an energy storage portfolio totaling 470MW/470MWh for the San Miguel Corporation Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMCGPH) in the Philippines.

The latest project is part of the first wave of an energy storage portfolio totaling 470MW/470MWh across the 13 project sites that SMCGPH has contracted Fluence to supply and maintain. SMCGPH's battery energy storage portfolio is the largest procurement in Southeast Asia to date, aimed at providing grid stability including managing frequency and voltage and supplying reactive power across power grids in the Philippines.

The project sites range in size from 20 to 60 MW and Fluence is targeting to deliver and commission the full portfolio in 2022.

"Fluence is proud to help SMC Global Power make its ambitious vision of a cleaner, more resilient grid in the Philippines a reality," said Jan Teichmann, General Manager for the Asia Pacific region at Fluence.

"Our team, which has pioneered new markets and applications for energy storage to make it a trusted component of modern electric grids around the world, has worked closely with SMCGPH to expand the range of ancillary services batteries are providing, paving the way for a truly transformed grid in the Philippines in just a few years' time."

The two 20 MW systems already commissioned and tested by NGCP are in Kabankalan in the province of Negros Occidental, and in Malita in the province of Davao Occidental, respectively. Additional 20 MW systems will begin commissioning shortly including an expansion of the already-deployed Masinloc project — tripling the Masinloc project site's energy storage capacity — and a 20 MW system in Maco, in the province of Davao de Oro, Fluence stated in a company blog.

The full portfolio is one of the largest deployments of grid-scale battery-based energy storage on a single national grid. 

Author : Shraddha Kakade
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