March 6 (Renewables Now) - NEC Energy Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan's NEC Corp (TYO:6701), announced today that it has commissioned a 2-MW/2-MWh lithium ion battery energy storage system in Chile.
Located in Arica, northern Chile, the system will serve Engie Energia Chile, the local business unit of French utility Engie SA (EPA:ENGI). Connected to an existing substation, the energy storage unit will provide spinning reserve and other ancillary services to help with the integration of solar photovoltaic (PV) and wind projects, the company said.
The installation uses a GSS grid storage solution and includes containerised lithium ion batteries, a power conversion system and NEC Energy Solutions’ AEROS controls system. The firm is also in charge of service and maintenance.
This is the first plant of its kind operated by Engie in the region, but is the third for NEC Energy Solutions in the country. In all, the latter has 34 MW of grid energy storage in Chile.