January 17 (Renewables Now) - Masdar, the Abu Dhabi renewable energy company, has signed a collaborative agreement with Norwegian oil and gas group Statoil (STO:STLO) to study the potential of energy storage beyond the 30-MW Hywind Scotland floating offshore wind farm.
Owning stakes of 75% and 25% respectively, Statoil and Masdar in October 2017 opened Hywind Scotland, the world's first commercial-scale floating wind farm, off Aberdeenshire in Scotland. The project will feature a battery storage system called Batwind, which will be located at the wind farm's onshore substation. Statoil announced at the end of November that the 1MW/1.3 MWh storage system will be delivered by German-American energy storage company Younicos.
Masdar said today the collaborative agreement, signed during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018, calls for the companies to purchase, test and install Batwind to study how batteries can provide operational and cost benefits at offshore wind farms. The company added that the data from analysing Batwind's performance under a range of conditions will allow a complete investigation of the potential integration of battery storage with wind and solar.
Bader Al Lamki, Masdar's executive director for clean energy, and Sebastian Bringsvaerd, head of Hywind development in New Energy Solutions, who signed the agreement, both said that energy storage is important to address the intermittency of wind and solar and expand the use of renewables.