Wind turbine maker Gamesa has installed a lithium battery for the storage of power at its offgrid prototype system in Aragon, Spain.
Inaugurated in May last year, Gamesa's new system has been designed to supply power to regions without grid access.
With more than 2MW capacity, the prototype now uses four sources, windpower, solarpower, diesel-powered generation, and the recently-installed energy storage battery. The prototype also features a hybrid power controller (HPC), a custom-made software developed by Gamesa to facilitate integration of the four technologies.
Gamesa's managing director of corporate development David Mesonero said: “The start-up of the lithium battery is an important step in the development of Gamesa's offgrid proposition.
“The production of power by combining these four sources will bring down the cost of electricity in remote locations without grid access, as well as generating cleaner energy.”
The HPC also enables the remote management of all kinds of situations, including charging the batteries, the start-up and stoppage of the various systems, and the activation of special operating modes such as the zero diesel mode.
The company claims that its offgrid prototype is the first of its kind in the market and has been designed and developed with an objective of generating offgrid power and reducing diesel consumption.