Saft Megawatt Scale Li-ion Energy Storage Systems Will Support the World’s Largest Solar PV-Diesel Hybrid Power Plant in South America
Saft, world leader in the design, development and manufacture of high-tech batteries for industry, has been awarded a major contract to supply the megawatt scale lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage system (ESS) for the world’s largest solar photovoltaic (PV) and diesel generation hybrid power project. The plant, which combines a 5 MW PV array with 16 MW diesel generation, is in Bolivia’s Pando department, on the border with Brazil and Peru. It is currently under construction by Isotron SAU, a subsidiary of Spain’s Isastur Group. The Pando project, which is Saft’s first major ESS contract in South America, confirms Saft’s long term plans for expansion in this region, following the establishment in 2010 of a local sales and technical support office in Brazil. The South American market offers significant opportunities for energy storage due to the growing importance of renewable energy, especially solar PV.