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Advancion® Platform Powering Europe’s Largest Energy Storage Fleet
Vlissingen, Netherlands, January 13, 2016 – The AES Netherlands Advancion® Energy Storage Array has begun operating commercially, enhancing European grid reliability with fast response ancillary services. The 10 MW Array, equivalent to 20 MW of flexible resource, was completed in December and began successfully serving the Netherlands and European Common Markets. The Array is powered by the Advancion 4 energy storage solution, a complete, low-cost battery-based alternative to traditional peaking power plants and pumped hydroelectric storage projects that provides a dependable, smart and cost-competitive means to modernize power systems.
AES Advancion, the low-cost, scalable platform developed and refined over AES’ eight years of energy storage operating experience, brings to Europe the ability to more efficiently dispatch existing generation assets, resulting in lower system-wide emissions and cost savings, as well as enabling greater integration of renewable power. The Advancion solution is now available to third parties in Europe and elsewhere as a modern and cost-effective solution to meet peak and flexible power needs while strengthening the grid.
“We are pleased to deliver the benefits of Advancion energy storage to Europe, less than a year after project kick-off,” said Julian Nebreda, President of AES’ Europe Strategic Business Unit. “As Europe and its utilities work to lower carbon emissions and improve resiliency of the grid, the Advancion energy storage solution can be quickly and cost-effectively scaled to enable integration of greater volumes of intermittent generation like wind and solar.”
“Advancion is infinitely scalable, geographically dispersable and a smart, modern and low-cost solution to today’s grid challenges,” said Steve Corwell, AES Europe Vice President. “We are excited to now offer Advancion directly to leading European utilities and key industry participants so that they may benefit from the experience built into Advancion in their markets. We look forward to working with them.”
With the completion of the Netherlands Array and the 10 MW Kilroot Array in Northern Ireland, the AES Advancion solution now powers the largest fleet of advanced energy storage in Europe. Globally, AES has worked with customers to integrate energy storage into eight different power markets and AES’ energy storage solutions represent the world’s largest advanced energy storage fleet, with 116 MW and three million megawatt-hours of delivered service. AES has announced construction or late stage development of an additional 268 MW of energy storage.
About AES Energy Storage Solutions
AES is a global leader in commercial energy storage solutions, which unlock value from existing power infrastructure, improving flexibility and reliability of the power system, and providing customers with a complete alternative to traditional peaking power plants. The company’s Advancion® 4 energy storage solution is available for sale to leading utilities, power markets, renewable developers, and independent power producers, and AES can manage installations from concept to operation with a market-proven solution that integrates best in class battery and power conversion technologies. AES introduced the first grid-scale advanced battery-based energy storage solution in commercial power market service in 2008 and operates the largest fleet of battery-based storage assets in service today. The company works with utility partners and other customers to deliver the value of advanced storage around the world. To learn more, please visit www.aesenergystorage.com or @aes_es on Twitter.
The AES Corporation (NYSE:AES) is a Fortune 200 global power company. We provide affordable, sustainable energy to 18 countries through our diverse portfolio of distribution businesses as well as thermal and renewable generation facilities. Our workforce of 18,500 people is committed to operational excellence and meeting the world’s changing power needs. Our 2014 revenues were $17 billion and we own and manage $39 billion in total assets. To learn more, please visit www.aes.com. Follow AES on Twitter @TheAESCorp.
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