The Netherlands array, located in the Zealand province in Vlissingen, will help balance supply and demand by providing Primary Control Reserve (PCR) to support the European transmission grid via transmission system operator, TenneT. The Advancion array will also enhance European power supply, enable more efficient dispatch of existing generation assets, and increase the ability to integrate renewable power sources in Europe.
In December 2015 TenneT is expected to test the Advancion array and the facility will start commercial operations shortly thereafter.
AES’s other Advancion energy storage array is located north of Belfast at the company’s Kilroot Power Station. The Kilroot array will provide ancillary services to the All Island transmission grid via system operator, SONI. Hailed as “game-changing green technology” by the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills the array will also bring the value of energy storage to the grid. The 10 MW array is the first phase of a planned 100 MW interconnected project at Kilroot, targeting operation in 2017.
AES’ Advancion is quick-to-market, continuously available without emissions, and is scalable, already being incorporated as a 200MW, 4 – hour flexible resource. It is built on pre-qualified battery technology from best-in-class suppliers and incorporates AES’ eight years of commercial experience with advanced energy storage and more than 30 years of experience in serving utilities around the world. It offers the ability to grow over time to meet future power needs without locking into one supplier or technology.
AES deployed the first grid-scale advanced battery in 2008 and has the largest fleet of battery-based storage assets today with 96 MW of interconnected energy storage (equivalent to 192 MW of flexible resource) in commercial operation and nearly 300 MW of additional interconnected energy storage (600 MW of resource) in construction or advanced development.