December 27 (Renewables Now) - Swedish firm Azelio AB and Al Mashani of Oman plan to partner in 25 MW of energy storage projects between 2021 and 2024, starting with a 50-kW system which could store surplus solar energy for an Omani mine.
Azelio announced before the holidays the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Al Mashani, which will allow it to demonstrate its storage technology in “a realistic commercial setting”. The initial 50-kW project with 13 hours of storage is to be completed in 2021. The partners have identified a preliminary end-user, which will assess the solution for its mining operations.
The feasibility study for this first project will determine the financial terms for Azelio’s future projects in the country. The 50-kW scheme is to be followed by 5 MW of installations in 2022, 7 MW in 2023 and 13 MW in 2024. The plans include both on-grid and off-grid systems.
Oman aims to reach 30% renewable power by 2030, with a high solar share. Energy storage solutions will help the country secure clean power supply even when the sun is down. Azelio said major private industrial companies are already turning to renewable power.