JPS breaks ground for US$21.6m hybrid energy storage facility

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

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THE Jamaica Public Service says it will this week launch its hybrid energy storage solution with an event at its Hunts Bay Power Plant Substation.

JPS said the energy storage solution will help secure grid stability and improve reliability

According to the light and power company, the facility will be the first of its kind in the Caribbean and one of the largest facilities being installed in the world this year. The project will be constructed at a cost of US$21.6 million, JPS said in a release.

“The energy storage solution will have power readily available, in the event that solar and wind renewable systems suddenly lose power due to cloud cover, reduced wind or other interruptions,” the release said. “The project involves constructing a 24.5-megawatt facility, which will be a combination of low-speed flywheels and containerised lithium-Ion batteries.”

This initiative will also provide a much faster, cost-effective and environmentally friendly spinning reserve (or back-up) as an alternative to traditional generation spinning reserve, the release said.

JPS president and CEO Emanuel DaRosa noted: “This is one of the most significant projects to be undertaken by JPS this year. This project will be a model for other countries in the Caribbean and even outside of this region. Being able to respond flexibly to the changes in generation demand and supply, will redound to a meaningful improvement in the quality of customer service experienced across the board.”

The release said preparation works have already commenced, including soil tests and site surveys. The project is slated for completion by April 2019.

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