Wärtsilä to deliver 10MW energy storage solution to island power plant

The upgrade is expected to provide additional flexibility to integrate renewables into the local grid and secure reliability on Roatan, Honduras

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Wärtsilä is to deliver a 10MW energy storage solution to a 28MW power plant on the island of Roatan in Honduras.

The included GEMS energy management software upgrade to the facility, which is owned by Roatan Electric Company (RECO), will control its energy system, including earlier delivered Wärtsilä engines and solar panels.

The new storage system will provide additional flexibility to integrate renewables into the local grid and secure reliability while eliminating the need for mechanical spinning reserve.

The storage solution is expected to be operational before the end of 2020.

Risto Paldanius, Director of Business Development, Energy Storage and Optimisation ay Wärtsilä Energy Business, said: “We anticipate that by the end of 2021, over 20% of the delivered island energy will come from renewable sources.

“This is made possible by our integrated energy storage solution using tertiary control from the GEMS software.”