SN Aboitiz Power Group (SNAP) is going forward with the plan to complete construction of its battery energy storage system (BESS) in Isabela, the Philippines by the first half of 2023, with commercial operations seen to commence in 2024.
SNAP is a joint venture between Norwegian firm Scatec and Aboitiz Power Corp. It announced the project last April.
According to Integra Sources, “a BESS is a multi-component energy storage system able to store varying amounts of electrochemical energy and use it later for a range of purposes” including load management (Energy Demand Management), arbitrage, backup power, black-start capability, frequency control, and renewable energy integration.
SNAP Vice President and Chief Business Development officer Jason Soberano said that:
“To clarify, the time between project completion and commercial operation is for commissioning, testing, and certification with the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP).”
He mentioned potential risks and challenges as the Russia-Ukrain war, which is still ongoing and the upcoming recession of China could affect the project.
Both Scatec and Aboitiz Power Corp. share the common goal of powering positive change through renewable energy in hydropower systems.