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Wärtsilä secures 40MW storage contract for RWE Renewables in Georgia

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The technology group Wärtsilä landed a contract to supply an engineered equipment delivery (EEQ) of 40 megawatts/80 MWh-DC solar modules plus storage system to the Hickory Park Solar project in Georgia, U.S.

Firstly, the owner of the Hickory Park project is RWE Renewables; one of the leading renewable energy companies in the U.S.; which awarded the contract to Wärtsilä. Delivery of the solution will happen in September 2021, and one month later the Hickory Park will commence operations.

Secondly, the system to be delivered will allow an RWE subsidiary, Hickory Park Solar LLC, to sell nearly 200MW of solar generation to the Georgia Power Company.

Thirdly, Wärtsilä’s GEMS Digital Energy Platform will control the entire hybrid plant; which includes 200MW of solar generation and 80MWh GridSolv Quantum energy storage system.

Moreover, as we have previously reported, the GEMS system monitors, synchronizes, and optimizes generation assets; it uses machine learning and also historic and real-time data analytics to calibrate the type of generation needed at any specific time.

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Wärtsilä hits a milestone in renewable energy integration

In addition, the system will also have IntelliBidder embedded into it; which is an auto-bidding solution that will allow Hickory Park Solar to provide Georgia Power a day-ahead firming solar plus storage profile; which will improve the predictability of the intermittent generation.

In fact, IntelliBidder is a cloud-based solution that uses machine learning and algorithms from automated data to trade and combine with a smart control platform; ultimately providing value-based asset management and also portfolio optimization.

On the other hand, Wärtsilä will also provide to Hickory Park Solar its GridSolv Quantum solution; a next-generation energy storage system that fully integrates CATL batteries into a modular and compact system. Overall, the GridSolv solution delivers the lowest lifecycle costs and the smallest system footprint.

Therefore, the project is a “milestone of renewable integration involving solar PV plus energy storage; with the batteries being charged entirely from the solar system. It is also one of the very few projects globally on this scale using DC-coupling.” Said Andy Tang. Vice President, Energy Storage and Optimization, Wärtsilä Energy.

Finally, he concluded: “The flexibility and broad capabilities of the GEMS software enable effective and efficient control over the entire system; which is essential in this 80 MWh project with the GridSolv Quantum ESS.”

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