The Saft-Belco Battery Energy Storage System is a 10,000kW energy storage project located in Bermuda.

The electro-chemical battery energy storage project uses lithium-ion as its storage technology. The project was announced in 2019 and was commissioned in 2019.


The Saft-Belco Battery Energy Storage System was developed by Saft Groupe. The project is owned by Bermuda Electric Light (100%), a subsidiary of Ascendant Group.

The key applications of the project are spinning reserve and grid support services.

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Contractors involved

Bermuda Electric Light and Saft Groupe have delivered the battery energy storage project.

Additional information

The BESS is being built to provide spinning reserve. Spinning reserve is the reserve capacity that must always be available to feed into the grid to help maintain BELCO’s power generating system stability during emergency operating conditions and unforeseen load swings.

About Saft Groupe

Saft Groupe SA (Saft) a subsidiary of Total SA, is a designer, developer and manufacturer of batteries. The company provides non-rechargeable and rechargeable batteries thorough nickel, primary lithium, lithium-ion, and other technologies. It offers systems integration, and various turnkey solutions ranging from installation to commissioning services; and preventive and corrective maintenance, refurbishment, and recycling training among others. Saft serves various industries including aerospace and defense, medical, telecom and networks, oil and gas, transportation, utilities, building, mining, cement, chemical and others. The company distributes its products directly and also through a network of distributors worldwide. It operates in Africa, Asia Pacific, North America, Latin America, the Middle East, Europe and Oceania. Saft is headquartered in Levallois-Perret, France.


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