GIGA Storage is to develop what it has described as the “largest battery in Europe”, a 600MW / 2,400MWh energy storage project in Dilsen-Stokkem, Belgium.
The project, which is located near to a 380kV Elia high-voltage station – run by Elia, the Belgian high voltage transmission system operator – will be able to store enough energy to meet the needs of 330,000 families, a GIGA Storage statement said.
The statement added that the “permit application has been submitted”, with construction expected to commence later this year.
Ruud Nijs, CEO of GIGA Storage, said: “With these utility-scale energy storage projects, we contribute to energy security, both during and after the transition from fossil to renewable energy. By developing utility-scale energy storage at strategic locations, energy prices will become more stable, and we will become less dependent on the import of fossil energy. While this project will be the largest battery in Europe, much more storage capacity will be needed in the coming years. GIGA Storage aims to continue playing a significant role with its ambition of 5 GW installed capacity by 2030. Projects like the large battery in Delfzijl, The Netherlands, are already under development, and GIGA expects to announce several more projects in various European countries in the coming years.”