February 1 (Renewables Now) - Chinese battery maker Contemporary Amperex Technology Co Ltd (CATL) has connected to the grid an energy storage system of 100 MWh as part of a power complex in Golmud that also contains 400 MW of wind and 250 MW of solar capacity.
The Luneng Haixi Multi-mixed Energy Demonstration Project represents a multi-functional, centralised power plant integrated with an electrochemical energy storage system. CATL supplied the battery energy storage system (BESS) multi-mixed energy power station. It said on Wednesday that testing and commissioning on the grid took just 17 days.
Dong Hui, Chief Scientist at the China Electric Power Research Institute, said that this is China's largest electromechanical energy storage station with virtual synchronous generator. It has to coordinate three different renewable energy technologies -- wind, photovoltaics (PV) and concentrated solar -- and respond to fluctuating demand.
“[The station’s] technical reliability and affordability will promote further global deployment of different renewable energy applications,” said CATL vice chairman and chief strategy officer Huang Shilin.