Senegal to explore grid-scale battery system

Senegal’s national electricity company, Senelec’s is planning to investigate its first grid-scale battery energy storage system in partnership with the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) funding a feasibility study.

The study will focus on how to increase grid stability and integrate intermittent renewable energy into national electricity company Senelec’s grid. The battery will be located at renewable power generation company Lekela’s 158,7MW Parc Eolien Taiba N’Diaye (PETN) project. PETN is the first utility-scale wind farm in Senegal.

This project is one of the first stand-alone battery energy storage projects built by an independent power producer in the country and the first large-scale application of a battery storage system in Senegal. The study should take about 10 months. It will provide the technical, economic, legal and environmental analysis necessary to implement and operate a battery storage system.

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If the system then does go ahead, it would help manage variable renewable energy generation in Senegal, paving the way for further wind and solar projects in the country.

Senegal presently has an installed capacity of 864MW, mostly from thermal generation sources and an energy access rate of 64%. The country’s government is aiming for universal access by 2025 through on and off-grid solutions. Senegal has high wind and solar potential, as well as the opportunity to explore off-shore gas resources.

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