Energy storage platform provider Powin LLC and Portuguese energy company Galp have partnered to install a 5MW/20MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) at one of Galp’s solar power plants near Alcoutim, a small village in the country’s Algarve region, where Galp operates projects with a combined capacity of 144 MW.
Alcoutim is Powin’s inaugural project in Europe, which is “poised to be a pivotal growth market for energy storage”, the company said. This project follows the recent opening of a Powin office in Madrid.
Powin CEO Jeff Waters said: “This particular project with Galp is bigger than its MW impact – it is the beginning of a new partnership and is Powin’s first project in Europe following the opening of our Madrid office. Europe is expected to deploy over 90 GWh of utility-scale battery energy storage projects by 2030, and we are well positioned to support this demand along with the wider EMEA region’s rapid energy storage growth.”
Georgios Papadimitriou, Galp’s executive director in charge of renewables, new business and innovation, said: “As Galp keeps growing its renewable energy capacity aiming to transform its industrial base to produce green fuels and sell renewable energy to its clients, storage solutions are key to ensure a steady supply of electrons to our businesses. Batteries also add to the competitiveness of our renewable energy portfolio by making solar and wind power available when they are most needed.”