A framework contract in France to deploy 50MWh of battery storage has been awarded to Entech, a renewable energy technology firm. The contract is with four public utilities in Isère, Savoie, Loiret, and Val d’Oise. The public tender was coordinated by Gaz Electricité de Grenoble (GEG), the utility and distribution network operator.
The framework contract allows the four companies to place orders to Entech over the next six months for up to 50MWh of battery storage across six sites. This marks Entech’s largest potential order.
Entech’s deployed systems will provide frequency regulation services for the French and European power grids, replacing existing frequency control assets like legacy thermal power plants. The company is based in Quimper, Brittany, and is listed on the Paris stock exchange under the ALESE ticker.
Battery Storage Deployment in France
In another development, ZE Energy has inaugurated a solar-plus-storage project with 18.6MWp of PV and a 7.5MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system. It is their second such project after commissioning an 8MW PV, 3.75MW BESS in late 2021. Both projects are located in the Loir-et-Cher department.
Françoise Gilot-Leclerc, the Mayor of Gièvres, commented on the significance of the Gièvres solar park. He emphasized its economic viability, green energy production, and intelligent reconversion of a degraded site.
Additionally, research firm LCP Delta forecasts that around 337MW of BESS capacity will come online in France in 2023. A 3.3MWh BESS co-located with a wind farm was recently turned online in Brittany.