Thailand boosts renewable energy sources with Hitachi ABB power grids’ advanced battery energy storage solution

Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd., Zürich, Switzerland, has been selected by Impact Solar Limited, a subsidiary of Impact Solar Group Ltd., Bangkok, Thailand, to deploy the e-meshTM PowerStoreTM battery energy storage solution (BESS) and control system as part of Thailand’s largest private microgrid at Saha Industrial Park in Sriracha. Once commissioned, the park will have a total generation capacity of 214 MW from a combination of co-generation gas turbines, rooftop solar, floating solar, and battery energy storage systems.

The advanced microgrid is digitally-enabled to integrate the electricity produced from distributed energy resources (DERs), including solar, and simulates a utility scale power system. Using real-time automation information, the microgrid will manage and optimise the power output of DERs from across the entire industrial park. The microgrid also balances energy fluctuations resulting from the intermittent availability of sunshine and will provide back-up power to the park’s data center and other tenants who rely on grid stability for their businesses.

“Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ battery energy storage system (BESS) is a critical part of Impact Solar Group’s plans to develop a more sustainable and resilient industrial park, said YepMin Teo, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, Hitachi ABB Power Grids, Grid Automation. “The model balances generation from various distributed energy sources, builds in redundancy for future data center demand, and lays the foundation for a peer-to-peer digital energy exchange platform among the industrial park’s customers.”

The project is a prime example of the energy transformation underway across Thailand, as the nation sets a new renewable target of 30 percent of total final energy consumption by 2036 in its Alternative Energy Development Plan.*  The site is intended to serve as a model for other parks within the Saha Group’s portfolio, as well as for facilities owned by others.

“Saha Group envisions investment in clean energy at our industrial park as contributing to the reduction in greenhouse gas globally. This will lead to long-term sustainability and better quality of life, while delivering quality products produced with clean energy. Our ambition is to ultimately create a smart city for our partners and communities. We hope this project in Saha Group Industrial Park Sriracha will be a model for the public and private sectors.” said Mr. Vichai Kulsomphob, president and CEO of Saha Pathana Inter-Holding Public Company Limited.

“Impact Solar is the leading provider of distributed and digital energy across Asia. We are proud to be part of the Saha Smart Industrial Park project as it allows us to be at the forefront of innovation. With Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ e-mesh™ solutions, we are optimising generating assets from solar facilities and gas-fired plants, which sets the stage for future digital energy exchange platforms,” said Mr. Peck Khamkanist, Impact Solar Group’s chairman.  

This project builds on Hitachi ABB Power Grids’ global Grid Edge Solutions footprint of more than 500 megawatts (MW) and 200 references. The business’ technology has enabled customers to create economic, social and environmental value by unlocking new revenue streams, maximizing renewable integration, and lowering carbon emissions.

About Hitachi ABB Power Grids Ltd.

Hitachi ABB Power Grids is a global technology leader with a combined heritage of almost 250 years, employing around 36,000 people in 90 countries. Headquartered in Switzerland, the business serves utility, industry and infrastructure customers across the value chain, and emerging areas like sustainable mobility, smart cities, energy storage and data centers. With a proven track record, global footprint and unparalleled installed base, Hitachi ABB Power Grids balances social, environmental and economic values. It is committed to powering good for a sustainable energy future, with pioneering and digital technologies, as the partner of choice for enabling a stronger, smarter and greener grid.

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