En­ergy sec­tor to get boost from 5MW de­vice

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - One World -

THE RE­NEW­ABLE EN­ERGY SEC­TOR is set to ben­e­fit from the 5MW en­ergy stor­age de­vice, via the Fuel Clause Ad­just­ment that the Bar­ba­dos Light & Power (BL&P) Com­pany is seek­ing to im­ple­ment across the coun­try.

This is ac­cord­ing to pres­i­dent of the Bar­ba­dos Re­new­able En­ergy As­so­ci­a­tion, Ai­dan Rogers, who was speak­ing dur­ing a town hall meet­ing on the BL&P ap­pli­ca­tion to the Fair Trad­ing Com­mis­sion, at The St Michael School last Thurs­day night. Rogers took the lead on the mat­ter, an­swer­ing queries from mem­bers of the au­di­ence.

“It is re­ally a largescale bat­tery that is go­ing to pro­vide some stor­age and other ser­vices to the op­er­a­tions of the grid. The first thing to un­der­stand is that a stor­age sys­tem can be in­vested in a util­ity op­er­a­tion, in­de­pen­dent of them be­ing any re­new­ables.

“If you pic­ture you have a gen­er­a­tor run­ning in your back­yard, but only one per­son is us­ing power at the time, what the en­ergy stor­age de­vice al­lows that gen­er­a­tor to do is to run at its max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency with­out wast­ing the en­ergy. In this way, you can get that ex­tra power that the cus­tomers aren’t us­ing and store it, and de­ploy it for an­other pe­riod when you may not have to turn on the gen­er­a­tor.

“That’s tech­ni­cally what they are seek­ing to do,” he ex­plained.

The de­vice, sup­plied by Tesla, was said to im­prove the ef­fi­ciency of re­new­ables on a user’s sys­tem.

“Stor­age, how­ever, also sup­ports re­new­ables be­cause you hear that the wind and the so­lar we’re seek­ing to use, which are our more abun­dant re­sources, they are what you call in­ter­mit­tent or fluc­tu­at­ing. If a cloud passes over, you get no power. When the sun comes back out, the power is up. What the bat­tery stor­age de­vice will do is al­low you to put this power stored in the bat­tery to bal­ance out those mo­ments when the wind is not blow­ing or the sun is not shin­ing.”

While not­ing the tech­nol­ogy was in high de­mand across the globe, Rogers said of­fi­cials needed to act quickly or pos­si­bly lose the op­por­tu­nity to use the tech­nol­ogy.

“Tesla is one of the world-lead­ing sup­pli­ers of bat­tery tech­nol­ogy, and in their ap­pli­ca­tion they’ve in­di­cated that the ur­gency of mak­ing this ap­pli­ca­tion now is that they want to fall within a cer­tain sup­ply win­dow. If we de­lay on this, based on their ap­pli­ca­tion, this is what they said – we might miss the op­por­tu­nity to get this par­tic­u­lar tech­nol­ogy from this par­tic­u­lar sup­plier,” he added. ( RA)

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