Energy sector to get boost from 5MW device
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)