TransAlta will Store 180MW Hydroelectric Battery In Canada – When electric cars and vehicles begin to be widely used, there will be new considerations about whether the availability of electricity is sufficient for all-electric vehicles. This is what makes all companies, both automotive and energy companies, try to answer it. One of these companies is TransAlta.
TransAlta will Store 180MW Hydroelectric Battery In Canada
Power company TransAlta has applied to regulators for approval of a large battery storage system in Alberta, Canada, to be powered by hydroelectric power.
The TransAlta project, called WaterCharger, will include up to 180MW of battery energy storage system (BESS) technology, implemented in two phases and charged using electricity generated from the company’s existing Ghost hydroelectric facility.
The company will own BESS and expects the initial phase to be operational in 2023. TransAlta submitted a battery storage facility application to the Alberta Utilities Commission on January 21.
TransAlta says the WaterCharger will help stabilize Alberta’s power grid and increase the proportion of renewable energy available. It will charge from the Ghost power plant during times of low demand and then back to the grid during times of peak demand.
It will be developed on 3 hectares of private land owned by the power company, with a modular battery unit mounted on a concrete slab foundation. It will be connected to an existing power plant.
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The company released its EIA report, environmental plan, and noise impact assessment in December 2021, but said it still had to be updated and the last two would be reviewed once a supply company was selected.
In Canada, where most battery storage development is concentrated in Ontario, the province’s energy level structure is called a “Global Adjustment”, which allows heavy industrial users to use off-meter battery storage to reduce consumption.
TransAlta subsidiary TransAlta Renewables launched WindCharger, Alberta’s first grid-scale battery energy storage project, in October 2020. As the name suggests, 10MW/20MWh BESS is charged by wind farms in the province.
A few months ago, the Alberta Utilities Commission approved the province’s first solar-plus-storage project. Since then, there have been many other developments in energy storage in the region: grid operator Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) announced a pilot acquisition of fast frequency response add-on services in late 2020, and in November last year, the Alberta government provided funding support for battery storage projects. and the pumped hydro storage (PHES) project.
In terms of battery storage for hydroelectric power, European utility RWE announced two projects last year, at two run-of-flow hydroelectric plants in Germany, with a combined output and battery capacity of 117MW/128MWh. Sweden is also planning or operating three similar systems, albeit on a smaller scale, while energy storage technology company Fluence has built a 10MW BESS as a “virtual dam” for a Chilean river hydroelectric power