pumped hydraulics in USA, tender in Spain, BESS at PHL

NREL maps 35 TWh of potential PHES sites across the United States

Researchers from the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have mapped 3.5 TW / 35 TWh of potential pumped hydroelectric energy storage (PHES) sites across the country.

According to the Federal Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, some 43 existing PHES plants totaling 23 GW already account for 93% of grid-scale energy storage in the United States. The NREL study sought to determine the potential for potential new capacity, by examining the locations of closed-loop systems with no continuous hydrological relationship to existing natural water bodies.

Through her modeling, and after filtering through various technical potential filters, she found 14,846 potential systems totaling 3.5 TW of power and 35 TWh of energy. He focused on ten-hour systems for their simplicity and competitiveness over lithium-ion batteries.

The results can be viewed and filtered in an interactive map on the NREL website and you can read the full report here.

Spanish government launches 5.8 GW tender for renewable energy and energy storage network access

Spain’s Ministry for Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge is set to launch a 5,844 MW tender for renewables and energy storage to access grid capacity across 17 grid nodes.

The Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge published a draft decree last week (June 10) announcing the plans. The 17 nodes that have been released, one for each autonomous community, chosen based on whether they are the most demanded in each region. Although the draft decree indicates that Catalonia, Valencia and Madrid will have two each.

The nodes vary in size from 95 MW in Castile and Leon to 631 MW in the Valencian Community (although this could be made up of two nodes). All 17 total 5,844 MW.

Award criteria include how the resource can be live before the commitment date; the degree of self-subsistence of a resource; the socio-economic impact on the local economy measured by job creation, local reinvestment and less land expropriation and, finally, the carbon footprint of the project.

See the draft decree here.

529 MW of energy storage projects in the Philippines invited for system impact studies

The Philippines Department of Energy (DOE) has issued approval to undertake System Impact Studies (SIS) for 13 energy storage projects between February and May 2022.

The 13 projects total 529 MW of power and 829 MWh of energy, although all but one are one-hour systems. The 200 MW/500 MWh Bugallon energy storage project, which obtained SIS authorization in February, is by far the largest project and is proposed by 3 Barracuda Energy Corp.

Other projects on the list of 51 for January-May include hydroelectric, solar, wind and biogas plants, as well as combined-cycle gas-fired plants that generate traditional fossil fuels.

Yesterday (June 13), Energy-Storage.news reported that a solar plus storage project with up to 4.5 GWh of BESS has been proposed in the Philippines by a billionaire. It wasn’t until February that the country’s first co-located resource went live. A number of major power generation companies are developing large-scale, stand-alone BESS projects to provide frequency regulation and ancillary services, with one, SMC Global Power Holdings, contracting a 1 GW with companies like Fluence, Wartsila and ABB.