With the inauguration of the largest battery storage facility in Southeast Asia, Singapore has achieved its 2025 energy storage deployment target three years ahead of schedule.
Developer Sembcorp of the 200MW/285MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) project and Singapore's Energy Market Authority hosted the opening (EMA).
Through an Expression of Interest, EMA had given the project contract to the technology company in May. (EOI). After that, construction got under way and was completed just before the end of 2022, taking just six months from project inception to commissioning.
On Jurong Island, which is heavily industrialized and home to much of Singapore's energy production and infrastructure, the BESS is situated on 2 hectares of land.
According to Energy-Storage, it is powered by 800 different containerized lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery cells. News was utilized for different ancillary services and to assist balance the supply and demand of electricity on the grid as construction neared completion in October.
EMA has already surpassed Singapore's deployment goal of 200MWh of energy storage by 2025 with just one project.
The goal was established as part of the Accelerating Energy Storage Access for Singapore (ACCESS) EMA initiative, which was used to hold the EOI request. It is the country's second grid-scale BESS project, the first being a Wartsila project with 2.4 MWh that was delivered and turned on in 2020.
According to reports, EMA is still working on the ACCESS program, looking for the best ways to incorporate energy storage into Singapore's energy networks. This is necessary for Singapore to reach its objective of 2 GW of solar PV capacity by 2030 and for emissions to peak at that time.
A recent report by Energy-Storage, news quoted an industry source as saying that it is difficult to propose BESS projects for development in Singapore because of the country's constrained urban space and rules regarding, among other things, fire safety and urban planning.