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Ørsted to invest in MW-size storage project in Taiwan

Fri 09 Feb 2018 by David Foxwell

Ørsted to invest in MW-size storage project in Taiwan
Martin Neubert: “energy storage technology has evolved rapidly and costs continue to fall”

Ørsted has announced its intention to set up a MW-size pilot storage project in Taiwan.

The pilot energy storage system, to be based on lithium-ion battery technology, will be the first MW-size facility in Taiwan.

Ørsted will work with the Changhua County Government, Taipower, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and National Changhua University of Education, to establish a consortium for energy storage research and promote local development of a green energy ecosystem.

Ørsted’s executive vice president of wind power Martin Neubert said “I’m impressed with the Taiwanese government’s ambition for the green energy transition and its comprehensive regulatory framework.

“I believe Taiwan has potential to become a green energy hub in Asia like Denmark is in Europe. Ørsted’s energy storage project in Changhua – also our first storage project in Asia – will collaborate with local partners to enhance grid efficiency and stability, as well as to set Taiwan at the forefront of the green energy industry.”

Ørsted recently established an energy storage and solar unit (ESS) and has installed storage pilots in Denmark and the UK.

“Energy storage technology has evolved rapidly, and the costs continue to decrease. The development of energy storage systems in the future will accelerate the integration of renewable energy supply and demand,” said Mr Neubert.

Ørsted’s general manager for Asia Pacific and chairman Taiwan, Matthias Bausenwein, said the pilot project in Changhua will “kick off a new platform for industry-academia-government collaboration.” He said Changhua County will lead the storage location selection and related permits, and Taipower will facilitate the grid connection.

Ørsted said it would prefer to source storage battery and integrated systems from local suppliers. ITRI will lead the energy storage research by working with education institutions in Changhua.

Ørsted is the first offshore wind developer to sign such an agreement with Changhua County, which is a centre for offshore wind energy development in Taiwan.

The demonstration facility will allow Taiwanese institutions to explore, test and assess how a battery-based energy storage system can support the grid, and how this may support the renewable energy build-out and the green transition in Taiwan.

Ørsted has four offshore wind projects under development off Changhua County with a total capacity of 2.4 GW. In addition, Ørsted owns 35% of Taiwan's first offshore wind project, Formosa I, which is currently 8 MW and can be developed into 128 MW.

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