Islands across the world have tremendous potential to develop energy through renewable sources. A transition toward 100% renewable electricity is underway in the Lifou island of New Caledonia. Recently, Engie EPS, a part of the Engie Group that specializes in energy storage and microgrid, has supplied its 5MWh storage system to EEC Engie for ‘Lifou 100% Renewable Energy by 2020’ project.
Sources cite that this 3-stage project is aimed to cover the total energy consumption of Lifou Island with renewable energy by 2020. The opening of Engie EPS’ energy storage unit has initiated the 2nd phase of the project.
The company’s cutting-edge storage solution will be combined with wind and solar power generation installed in the 1st phase as well as the upcoming 3rd phase of project. Engine EPS’ technology would allow the stabilization of these green energies that are intrinsically intermittent and will assure their safe integration in the Island’s intermittent.
Speaking on the development, Carlalberto Guglielminotti, CEO of Engie EPS, said that the company is proud to deliver a cutting-edge storage solution to Engie, proving another example of the massive potential of its technology within Engie Group’s geographic reach.
Guglielminotti added that the storage system delivered to Lifou leverages the company’s expertise in supplying, designing and operating microgrid systems on islands across the world. It also represents the blueprint to achieve extraordinary levels of renewable penetration. Moreover, it ensures best-in-class power reliability and quality.
Sources suggest that this 5MWh storage system will help in storing excess energy delivered by wind and solar power plants and will be utilized by grid when needed. The island would not be depended on diesel generators when energy demand is fully covered by wind or solar production, eliminating the risk of stability of the network.