The floating battery storage system can play a key role in the rapid expansion of offshore renewables including offshore solar and wind. Due to the intermittent nature of these renewable power generations, floating battery storage systems can go well with offshore wind/solar power generations. For instance, when the solar irradiance or wind speed is at least levels and power demand is at most level floating battery storage system is capable of smoothing this peak of demand.
Wartsila, a leading Finnish company that manufactures and services power sources and other equipment in the marine and energy markets has proposed this first-of-its-kind solution to the power grid of the Philippines to boost the reliability of electricity generation in that country. Therma Marine Inc. (TMI), a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corporation, one of the Philippines’ leading companies involved in power generation, distribution, and retail electricity services, has ordered a 54 MW/32 MWh floating battery storage system which is called the GridSolv Max system by Wartsila.
The Wartsila’s GridSolv Max floating battery storage system will be placed next to TMI’s existing thermal power barge of a total of 100 MW in the municipality of Maco in the province of Davao de Oro. This floating battery storage system provides more versatility for the national power generation grid.
In general, the floating battery storage system can become viable in countries where the land scarcity issue hinders the development of terrestrial installations of different renewable-based technologies such as PV modules and wind turbines. Moreover, it can help to take place energy transition faster than ever before by increasing microgrid or decentralized small power generation units close to the place of energy consumption.