Tampa Electric Company Partners with Wärtsilä for Enhanced Grid Reliability and Renewable Energy Integration
In a significant leap towards sustainable energy management, Wärtsilä, a pioneering technology group, is set to supply Tampa Electric Company (TECO) with a groundbreaking 15-MW/30-MWh energy storage system. This innovative system, to be co-located with a 25 MW solar plant in Dover, Florida, aims to bolster grid reliability while accommodating the utility’s expanding solar energy portfolio.
The project marks a milestone for TECO, heralding its second utility-scale energy storage facility. As Florida’s leading producer of solar energy per customer, TECO’s integration of energy storage aims to address the intermittency challenges of renewable energy sources, allowing precise control over energy discharge to the grid. The Wärtsilä facility is poised to offer crucial grid services, including resource adequacy, frequency support, and solar energy optimization.
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Andrew Tang, Vice President of Wärtsilä Energy Storage & Optimization, expressed pride in collaborating with Tampa Electric Company on pioneering utility-scale solutions geared toward sustainable energy production. Tang emphasized how energy storage enhances the utilization of renewable energy, ensuring a safer and more resilient grid, eagerly anticipating the system’s launch in 2024.
At the heart of this cutting-edge project is Wärtsilä’s GEMS Digital Energy Platform, a sophisticated energy management system orchestrating the energy storage system’s dispatch. The Storage+ solution, a key component, empowers users with an extensive operation logic library, seamless integration with connected hardware, and advanced asset monitoring capabilities, maximizing grid-scale energy storage potential.
Central to the facility is Wärtsilä’s GridSolv Quantum, a modular and compact energy storage system delivering unparalleled performance. Known for its superior quality control, rapid deployment, and exceptional flexibility, the GridSolv Quantum adheres to the highest safety standards, boasting certifications such as UL 9540 and UL 9540A compliance.
Anticipated to commence operations by autumn 2024, this project signifies a monumental stride in the integration of renewable energy into Florida’s grid infrastructure. Wärtsilä’s state-of-the-art solutions and TECO’s commitment to sustainable energy production set a new benchmark in the journey towards a greener future.
Source: Wärtsilä Press Release
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