Yesterday, the "Energy Storage Awards" ceremony took place in London, celebrating exceptional achievements in battery energy storage systems. Awards were given in twelve categories. The company ELES has registered two projects - installing battery energy storage systems within the NEDO project and the SINCRO.GRID project. Both projects were shortlisted in the system operator's project of the year category, while the SINCRO.GRID project was chosen as the best project in the category. Projects from Germany and Poland were also shortlisted.
As part of the SINCRO.GRID smart grid project, the ELES company installed two 5 MW (25 MWh) battery storage units inside the Okroglo and Pekre substations. Even in the most critical situations, the mentioned battery storage units ensure the sovereignty of Slovenia in the complex mechanism of the constant maintenance of the balance between production and consumption, which ELES must provide on a second-by-second basis for the entire country.
ELES started the projects of installing battery energy storage systems at a time when the rule was that only thermal and hydropower plants could perform such services, which had many limitations. Today, it is an entirely different situation because these two projects also led to intensive commercialisation and batteries today provide the most significant part of the necessary services for the most critical processes of maintaining the balance in the system.
On this occasion, the company's director, Aleksander Mervar, emphasised that this award is just an additional international recognition of the excellent work of ELES employees. Without innovative ideas and their successful implementation by committed employees, all these projects would not have been possible. At the same time, this also motivates us to implement other projects and look for additional innovative solutions that will enable a more efficient green energy transition.