Aura Power are developing a 400MW battery storage site at Vila Nova de Famalicão. The site is located in a predominantly urban area next to a new TSO substation. It is currently the largest stand alone battery storage project in Portugal.
Battery storage systems, such as this, play a crucial role in the decarbonisation of our electricity network with much needed increases in renewable energy sources.
Batteries store excess energy at times of low demand i.e. from a solar farm on a sunny day, and discharge the energy back into the grid when it is needed the most.
We are currently in the early stages of developing this battery energy storage project. Our proposed layout can be seen to the left and would import and export power from the grid and store it in batteries. As such, it would not result in any emissions during operation. It would act as a ‘balancing service’ for the grid in balancing frequency at times of system stress. In simple terms, battery storage provides a means of allowing electricity from the grid to be imported and stored within the batteries at times of low usage, and exported back into the grid at times of system stress / demand.
The site is located nearby an existing electricity substation, meaning energy stored in the batteries can be released rapidly back into the grid.
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