Alternative Energy

Three new projects for storing clean energy in Europe

16th July 2020
Alex Lynn

Nidec ASI has announced that it is growing in Northern Europe and is supplying battery energy storage solutions (BESS) for three major projects in Finland and Sweden for storing clean energy..

Those systems respond to the new global environmental and energy needs and the growing demand to promote and optimize the use of renewable energy sources in order to limit polluting emissions and accelerate energy transition from fossil fuels to solar, wind and hydroelectric power, guaranteeing a green post-lockdown restart.

A direction the Scandinavian states have been pursuing for years and continue to do so, becoming a model of development for renewables and sustainable mobility for all other European countries still heavily dependent on traditional energy sources. An example that should also be followed by Italy, which could strategically exploit its immense wealth of renewable energy sources and definitively lower the need for fossil fuels while drastically reducing the cost of energy.

The first project is just going to be realized in Finland for NEOEN. The site, located near the city of Lappeenranta in the South East of the country, will provide the national electricity grid with all the benefits of rapid and safe energy storage, eliminating the problem of demand peaks and stabilizing the grid.

More specifically Nidec ASI will supply and install all the BESS components, inclusive of the auxiliary systems, up to the grid connection point located within FINGRID substation. In these days NIDEC ASI is delivering the first containers on site.

The other two projects (9MW and 6MW) will be developed in Sweden by Nidec ASI, respectively in the Lowen and Edsele sites for Uniper SE. Again, Nidec will be acting as EPC contractor and will install two complete battery storage systems which will make it possible to avoid grid congestion, store any surplus renewable energy produced and return it to the grid, thus guaranteeing its stability at all times.

Scandinavian countries, actively engaged in a 100% green energy transition, are constantly investing more resources in innovative plants that allow them to apply an energy strategy that focuses on renewables. With this in mind, battery storage systems become an integral part of modern electricity grids as key elements for realizing the vision of an electric and sustainable future.

An important element in promoting energy transition also lies in boosting electric mobility, and also in this area, the countries of northern Europe are ahead of the game. For example, for years Norway has restricted the circulation of vessels in the fjords to electric ferries only, on which Nidec ASI BESS systems have been installed for some time.

Dominique Llonch, CEO of Nidec ASI and Chairman of Nidec Industrial Solutions, said: “These three new projects show yet again the ever growing importance which the BESS market is assuming worldwide, one in which Nidec ASI is the leader thanks to innovative and safe technologies that for years have been adopted by the most important players in the energy sector, proof of their effectiveness and durability.

“I am particularly proud of the results we have achieved in Finland and Sweden, two countries that have been investing in this sector for decades, tangibly contributing to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting the sustainable development of the energy market. These projects prove how Nidec ASI continues to be effectively committed to energy transition for a 100% electric future with a very low environmental impact, offering innovative and customized solutions.

"It is essential for Italy to follow a similar evolutionary path too. This is why I hope that the recovery plan the Government intends to unveil in September will also focus heavily on renewables, that the Terna project will be able to start again soon, and that we as Nidec ASI will contribute to the realization of similar systems in the country.”

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