Hitachi ABB to provide Thai microgrid with battery storage solution

May 17, 2021
Posted by Patrick Haddad

Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd. has been selected by Impact Solar Limited, a subsidiary of Impact Solar Group, to deploy the e-meshTM PowerStoreTM battery energy storage solution (BESS) and control system as part of Thailand’s largest private microgrid at Saha Industrial Park in Sriracha.

Once commissioned, the park will have a total generation capacity of 214 MW from a combination of co-generation gas turbines, rooftop solar, floating solar, and battery energy storage systems. 

The advanced microgrid is digitally-enabled to integrate the electricity produced from distributed energy resources (DERs), including solar, and simulates a utility scale power system. Using real-time automation information, the microgrid will manage and optimise the power output of DERs from across the entire industrial park. The microgrid also balances energy fluctuations resulting from the intermittent availability of sunshine and will provide back-up power to the park’s data center and other tenants who rely on grid stability for their businesses.

“Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ battery energy storage system (BESS) is a critical part of Impact Solar Group’s plans to develop a more sustainable and resilient industrial park, said YepMin Teo, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, Hitachi ABB Power Grids, Grid Automation. “The model balances generation from various distributed energy sources, builds in redundancy for future data center demand, and lays the foundation for a peer-to-peer digital energy exchange platform among the industrial park’s customers.”

“Saha Group envisions investment in clean energy at our industrial park as contributing to the reduction in greenhouse gas globally. This will lead to long-term sustainability and better quality of life, while delivering quality products produced with clean energy. Our ambition is to ultimately create a smart city for our partners and communities. We hope this project in Saha Group Industrial Park Sriracha will be a model for the public and private sectors.” said Mr. Vichai Kulsomphob, president and CEO of Saha Pathana Inter-Holding Public Company Limited

“Impact Solar is the leading provider of distributed and digital energy across Asia. We are proud to be part of the Saha Smart Industrial Park project as it allows us to be at the forefront of innovation. With Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ e-mesh™ solutions, we are optimising generating assets from solar facilities and gas-fired plants, which sets the stage for future digital energy exchange platforms,” said Mr. Peck Khamkanist, Impact Solar Group’s chairman.  

Source: Hitachi ABB

Photo (for illustrative purposes): Solar panels rooftop / Scott Webb / Pixabay / Free for commercial use


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