Engie begins BESS construction in Vilvoorde, Belgium

Engie has begun construction works on one of Europe’s largest battery parks at its Vilvoorde site in Belgium. The battery energy storage system (BESS), with 200MW capacity, will store 800 megawatt hours (MWh) of energy, enough to power 96,000 households.

The development follows the project’s construction permit granted in July 2023 and its selection for capacity remuneration in October 2023.Spanning 3.5 hectares, the Vilvoorde BESS will consist of 320 battery modules, each measuring 25m x 4m x 3m.

The system will have a four-hour grid release capability, equivalent to the storage capacity of 160,000 domestic 5 kilowatt-hours (kWh) batteries. The project has secured a 15-year contract with national grid operator Elia, ensuring its contribution to the stability of Belgium’s electricity supply.

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