Europe Debuts Energy Storage In Solar Plant

ACCIONA incorporates energy storage into a grid-connected PV solar plant for the first time in Europe.

The innovative system provides stable production of renewable energy and facilitates its integration into the grid.

The ILIS project involves a 1.1 MW battery and a smart control system to improve the regulation of the solar plant.

ACCIONA has materialized the first European experience of real operation of a grid-connected photovoltaic plant on an industrial scale with energy storage in batteries. The project, a pioneering one in a line of research currently being developed worldwide, sets out to improve the integration of photovoltaic energy into the grid and bring about greater penetration of this technology in the electric power system.

The ILIS project comes under the ‘Eurogia+’ European framework program of support for clean energy technologies. The program began in April 2010 and will run until April 2013, with a total budget of 5.5 million euros. Finance has been provided by the Spanish Ministry of the Economy and Competitiveness, through the CDTI, and by the Government of Navarra.

ACCIONA was recently awarded the construction and operation of a photovoltaic plant with a nominal capacity of 74 MW (94 MWp) in South Africa,  through a consortium in which the company has a majority share. The project will be materialized in 2013 and 2014.

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