Advanced grid-scale energy storage

Empowering users to get the most out of their grid-scale energy storage system

Globally, there is a growing demand for optimised energy, including energy management and security. Energy storage solutions paired with sophisticated energy management technology, such as Wärtsilä’s GEMS, enable utilities, IPPs and developers to optimise their energy, future-proof their assets and create additional or maximised revenue streams.

The Wärtsilä Storage+ solution empowers users to get the most out of sophisticated grid-scale energy storage systems with a rich library of included operation logics, integration with connected hardware such as safety equipment and renewable energy generation assets, and advanced asset monitoring capabilities. Applications vary based on markets and use-case.


Storage for resilience

Electricity is critical for practically all activities. A power outage for more than a few days could have significant social and financial consequences. What is being done to ensure that the lights stay on? And what role can renewable energy sources play?


Resilience against power disruptions

One application of Storage+ is resilience against power disruptions in an increasingly volatile climate, especially in vulnerable regions—such as California, USA, where high wind conditions force utilities to cut power in order to prevent wildfires, or Puerto Rico, where extreme weather conditions threaten the electric power grid.

Resilience is the ability to bounce back after a disruptive event, such as unusual weather patterns. Greater resilience lessens the short-term impact on the grid itself. Energy storage has the unique ability to provide a stable infrastructure by cost-effectively enhancing grid reliability and security. Storage does so by providing a buffer between supply and demand that enables electric systems to rebalance during and after a disturbance, including energy arbitrage, black start, and peak shaving capabilities.

One key example is in rural Roscoe, Texas, USA. In a project with E.ON Texas Waves, then Greensmith Energy integrated an intelligent energy storage solution at a wind farm. The system was able to provide rapid response to shifting power demand during an usually cold season in early 2018, delivering short-term energy to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.


ESACon21 Interview with Wärtsilä’s Andy Tang

Wärtsilä ES&O’s VP Andy Tang details the latest on Wärtsilä energy storage, industry trends and pandemic impacts.