Netherlands’ ‘largest’ stand-alone Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) coming to Dordrecht in a few months

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The port area of Dordrecht is set to be home to the Netherlands ‘largest’ stand-alone Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). The construction of the 45MW/ 90MWh utility-scale facility is set to begin in the coming months. This was announced by Dispatch Grid Service, the developer of the project.

Dispatch is a Dutch company that finances develops and manages utility-scale stationary as well as stand-alone battery energy storage systems directly connected to the high-voltage grid. It is developing the project in collaboration with Fluence Energy B.V., and Eneco Group N.V.,

Fluence Energy B.V. is a subsidiary of Fluence Energy, Inc.. The latter is a leading global provider of energy storage products and services, as well as optimization software for renewables and storage. Eneco, on the other hand, is a producer and supplier of natural gas, electricity and heat in the Netherlands.

Other companies involved in the project

Other companies involved in the project include EPICo², Macquarie Capital and ABN AMRO Bank N.V. EPICo² is a British company that invests in capital-intensive enterprises and projects that render essential services for society, with the ability to generate long-term predictable cash flows.

Macquarie is a global financial services group offering asset management, retail and business banking and wealth management. In addition, the company offers leasing and asset financing, market access, commodity trading, renewables development, specialist advice, and access to capital and principal investment.

ABN AMRO on the other hand is the third-largest Dutch bank providing retail, private, and corporate banking products and services. Equans, a subsidiary of the Bouygues group, a world leader in the energy and services sector is also involved in the project as the engineering and construction contractor.

The Netherlands’ ‘largest’ stand-alone BESS to reduce the likelihood of blackouts in the country

Project Pollux’ BESS

Featuring a total of 144 Fluence cubes spread across a 6000m² site, the Netherlands’ ‘largest’ stand-alone Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will on average store the energy supply equivalent for 21,500 households per day.

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With this capacity, the system is expected to provide grid balancing services, reduce the likelihood of blackouts, and make more efficient use of wind and solar-generated power. Eneco will be optimizing the battery across various power markets to maintain grid balance without increasing local congestion.

Reportedly, this is the first project as part of a strategic alliance between Dispatch and Macquarie Capital that will seek to deploy up to 3 GWh of BESS across the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany over the next seven years.

The largest operational battery storage system in the Netherlands

The largest operational battery storage system operational in the Netherlands so far is the 30 MW/ 68 MWh ‘Project Pollux’ BESS. Developed and operated by Alfen NV (Alfen) and SemperPower the facility became operational late last year.

Alfen is a Netherlands-based company that designs, develops and produces smart grids, energy storage systems EV charging equipment and other electric grid equipment. SemperPower, on the other hand, is a market leader in the development, contracting, financing, construction and operation of battery energy storage systems.

Project Pollux is located in Vlissingen, a municipality and a city in the southwestern Netherlands on the former island of Walcheren.

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