GE Renewable Energy has constructed a factory in Chennai for Energy Storage and integration tech in response to the rising demand for dispatchable renewable energy supplies.
It will produce the company’s FLEXINVERTER containerized inverter solution, which is claimed to be a plug-and-play unit suitable for solar and energy storage applications at a utility-scale, as well as FLEXRESERVOIR, an integrated battery energy storage and power electronics solution that can be flexibly configured to deliver multiple market applications.
Both solutions will be incorporated into FLEXIQ, GE Renewable Energy’s new digital platform that allows clients to design, run, and manage projects at the fleet level. FLEXIQ, according to the business, enables grid compliance while also increasing customer lifetime value.
As the industry and customers demand dispatchable renewable energy to navigate the energy transition, the need for hybrid systems is increasing exponentially,” Prakash Chandra, CEO for Renewable Hybrids at GE Renewable Energy said as the factory’s opening was announced yesterday. The factory reportedly employs 250 people.
“As the industry and customers demand dispatchable renewable energy to navigate the energy transition, the need for hybrid systems is increasing exponentially,” Prakash Chandra, CEO for Renewable Hybrids at GE Renewable Energy said as the factory’s opening was announced yesterday.
With the addition of more inverters, FLEXRESERVOIR can scale from a rated power of 3MW to 500+MW, and from less than an hour to more than four hours with the addition of extra battery storage units.
With DC and AC coupling configuration options, advanced grid features, and reactive power regulation, FLEXINVERTER is available as a solar PV inverter or for use with battery energy storage systems (BESS).
The FLEXIQ plant control platform integrates standalone solar PV, PV-plus-BESS, and PV-plus-wind-plus-BESS systems, as well as AC and DC coupling and standalone versions. It has the ability to manage voltage, power factor, and reactive power, as well as integrate PV signals into the SCADA at the plant level.
The new plant, according to GE Renewable Energy, will be able to fully produce and integrate systems on-site. According to the firm, it is in a strategic location with national highway links as well as access to air and sea transportation lines.
According to a recent report on India’s lithium-ion battery manufacturing space published by JMK Research and Analytics in collaboration with the International Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), demand for battery storage in the renewable energy sector is expected to grow significantly in the country.
While the automotive sector will account for 90% of battery demand, grid-scale energy storage will be required, not least to assist integrate the 450GW of renewable energy resources that the Indian government hopes to put online by 2030.
The country already has well-established domestically-located battery pack manufacturing facilities, but has yet to move through with large-scale battery cell production expansions, according to the paper.
The content of this news is taken from EnergyStorage News