Catania/Italy, September 2015: BaxEnergy helps Enel Green Power realizing the first large battery storage project in Italy.
Battery storage could become a key technology for maximizing the utilization of renewable energy sources, reducing curtailment and improving power quality. In Italy, Enel Green Power (EGP), one of the World’s largest energy provider, has chosen BaxEnergy to build the monitoring system for its first project that stores electricity generated from the 10 MW photovoltaic power plant of “Catania 1”.
The power plant employs a 2 MWh Durathon “sodium-metal halide” battery, developed by General Electric, to increase the power plant’s electricity flow and flexibility, and utilizes Energy Studio Pro® to supervise the delivery of power to the grid.
The project of Catania 1 represents a significant step forward for the green energy market, as the CEO of EGP Francesco Venturini remarked in his inaugural speech: “The active integration of renewables with pioneering and innovative solutions such as this one is key for the ongoing development of the sector”. The implementation of battery storage systems for certain renewable sources, such as solar or wind, allows to mitigate power generation imbalances due to the weather variability. According to Mr. Venturini, there is a great value in such kind of projects and “EGP can manage the unpredictability of solar power, thereby reducing intermittency and ensuring a higher stability and control of the grid”.
EGP is using BaxEnergy’s integrated software solution Energy Studio Pro® to monitor and analyze the battery storage system’s data as well as optimizing production plans. BaxEnergy provided a single data interface that integrates different services for scheduling and controlling energy production through battery storage system.
After the success of Catania 1 project, EGP has entrusted BaxEnergy with a similar project for the 18 MW wind farm “Potenza Pietragalla”, located in the southern Italian region of Basilicata, and equipped with a 2 MW/2MWh Samsung Lithium-Ion battery. The wind farm, ran by Energy Studio Pro®, is the first in Italy to be combined with a storage system and connected to the grid.
Thanks to their close collaboration, BaxEnergy and EGP continue to lead innovation and changes in the renewable energy market, exploring new opportunities to progress and power a greener tomorrow.
About Enel Green Power
Enel Green Power is the Enel Group company fully dedicated to the international development and management of renewable energy sources, with operations in Europe, the Americas and Africa. Generating approximately 32 billion kWh of electricity in 2014 from water, sun, wind and the Earth’s heat – enough to meet the energy needs of more than 11 million households – Enel Green Power is a world leader in the sector thanks to its well-balanced generation mix that provides generation volumes well over the sector average. The company has an installed capacity of more than 9,900 MW from a mix of sources including wind, solar, hydropower, geothermal and biomass. The company has about 740 plants operating in 16 countries. For additional information about the company and service offers, please visit: www.enelgreenpower.com
BaxEnergy is dedicated to deliver innovative turnkey solutions to renewable energy players for complete visualization, data analysis and optimization of their power plants. The aim of the company is to make renewable energy easier, more efficient, affordable and secure, contributing to build a greener world for the benefit of present and future generations. BaxEnergy was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Bad Nenndorf, Germany. The Development and Support division is located in Catania, Italy. For additional information about the company and service offers, please visit: www.baxenergy.com
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