Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

CleanTechnica

Clean Power

Younicos Partners With Leclanche For Megawatt-Scale Energy Storage In The Azores

Graciosa Island in the Azores is the site of a megawatt-scale energy storage system in development by Younicos and Leclanche, a Swiss battery manufacturer. A Leclanche battery system utilizing lithium-ion batteries will provide the energy storage and Younicos will handle the energy management.

graciosa

The battery pack will have a 2.8 MWh capacity and the whole system will be combined with 5.5 MW of renewable energy–based electricity generation capacity — mostly wind, with some solar. When completed, it is expected the whole system will increase the island’s renewable electricity production to 65% of the total. Currently, about 15% is generated by renewables, which makes the island dependent upon the importing of fossil fuels.

“This is an exciting partnership on many levels. We have long been intrigued by Leclanché’s BESS and are confident that – coupled with our software – it will provide an extremely stable backbone of a fundamentally new energy system. At the same time, working with an industry-leading battery manufacturer such as Leclanché, and with Recharge as financing partner, underscores the ability of Younicos to lead micro-grid projects worldwide,” explained James P. McDougall, CEO of Younicos.

The island has a human population of about 4,700 and is located within an autonomous region of Portugal. The chief economic activity is agriculture. Beef, wine, and fruit are some of most commonly produced food items.

You might be thinking, “So what? It’s just several thousand people.”

These small renewable energy, microgrid, and energy storage projects can be seen as pilots for larger ones down the road. Island economies that rely on imported fossil fuels are vulnerable because they generally spend too much on energy. When they have the ability to generate their own electricity and store it, they can strengthen their economies and reduce air pollution locally. Of course, they also produce less climate change emissions.

In a sense, small islands that go down the path of renewables combined with energy storage are trailblazers, though they may not receive any credit. Larger countries and regions will likely follow theire lead, just a bit further down the road.

Image Credit: Angrense, Wiki Commons

 
Appreciate CleanTechnica’s originality and cleantech news coverage? Consider becoming a CleanTechnica Member, Supporter, Technician, or Ambassador — or a patron on Patreon.
 

Don't want to miss a cleantech story? Sign up for daily news updates from CleanTechnica on email. Or follow us on Google News!
 

Have a tip for CleanTechnica, want to advertise, or want to suggest a guest for our CleanTech Talk podcast? Contact us here.
Advertisement
 
Written By

Hello, I have been writing online for some time, and enjoy the outdoors. If you like, you can follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JakeRsol

Comments

You May Also Like

Clean Transport

I’ve followed the European electric car and EV charger market for a decade. We’ve hosted conferences on EV charging within Europe. Nonetheless, I was...

Cars

There are now 15 European countries that have 15% or more of new-car buyers buying plugin electric cars (full electric cars or plugin hybrids)....

Bicycles

Check out one traveler's e-biking experience in Lisbon. The takeaway: Always plan your route and watch for funicular elevators.

Cars

The plugin electric vehicle market has exploded in the past year (in a good way), thanks especially to the European Union requiring that automakers...

Copyright © 2021 CleanTechnica. The content produced by this site is for entertainment purposes only. Opinions and comments published on this site may not be sanctioned by and do not necessarily represent the views of CleanTechnica, its owners, sponsors, affiliates, or subsidiaries.