Smart grid-scale energy storage
Globally, there is a growing demand for optimised energy, including energy management and security. Energy storage solutions paired with sophisticated and smart 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 their 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.
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?
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.
The Pomona Energy Storage System regularly participates in the CAISO electricity markets, performing ancillary services such as frequency regulation up and down as well as energy arbitrage in the day-ahead and real-time.Read More
GEMS enables the facilities to dispatch energy and balance the local grid, while also introducing more clean energy into Duke Energy’s service territory.Read More
ERCOT market participation and energy arbitrage opportunities for a grid-scale system that full leverages and syncs with existing wind farm energy generation.Read More
The GEMS Strage+ solution is delivers smart grid-scale energy storage solutions, paired with sophisticated energy management technology.
Hosted in the cloud, the GEMS Fleet Director provides centralised, real-time visibility into a global fleet of power plants.