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Fluence energy storage JV unveils 400-MWh project in California

Old Alamitos Generating Station (right) in background. Author: The Greater Southwestern Exploration Company.

January 12 (Renewables Now) - Fluence Energy LLC will supply a 100 MW/400 MWh battery storage project in California, the energy storage specialist formed by Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) and AES Corp (NYSE:AES) said Thursday.

The Alamitos energy storage facility is touted as the largest lithium-ion battery-based project globally. It will serve the Southern California Edison and the Western Los Angeles area.

Siemens and AES in the summer of 2017 agreed to form the 50/50 energy storage joint venture. It now announced the official launch of business operations from the start of January, after receipt of the relevant government approvals and authorisations. Yesterday, Fluence also said it will have a sales presence in 160 countries through Siemens global sales network.

“With a team drawn from both Siemens and AES, we are fluent in the power sector and bring the capabilities, global reach and experience to make sure our customers achieve the full value of storage,” said president and chief executive Stephen Coughlin.

Apart from the Alamitos project, Fluence Energy also has projects in different phases, some of which already completed, in Arizona, Germany, the Mediterranean and the Dominican Republic.

In July 2017, a unit of AES Corporation (AES) broke ground on the Alamitos Energy Center (AEC), which combines a 640-MW natural gas power plant and the 100-MW battery energy storage system. It replaces the existing AES Alamitos Generating Station in Long Beach.

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