SAFT batteries bas won the project to install a Battery Energy Storage System in the Arctic region. The northerly community of Longyearbyen in Svalbard is set to receive a 6 MW 7 MWh system from SAFT. Making it the largest BESS in the Arctic region. The project will use the SAFT Intensium Max High Energy Battery which uses Lithium Iron Phosphate or LFP chemistry.
The purpose of this project is to help Longyearbyen cut its emissions and decarbonize. SAFT gave a statement stating that this project will enable the Arctic community by 100% over time. The project is being installed next to their current coal plant for backup, frequency control and voltage regulation for the start but the Svalbard community aims to attach a PV system with this to get a higher decarbonization output.
The city has an energy goal of being completely carbon neutral by 2030 and this project goes a long way in helping achieve those targets. SAFT has assured the offtaker that this project will be delivered despite the harsh weather conditions in the Arctic community. The expected commissioning for the BESS is later in 2022 and the coal plant is due to shut down by 2023 by then solar and other renewable resources will be installed to take the generation gap.
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