Energy cells, the operator of the storage facilities that will provide Lithuania with an instantaneous electricity reserve announced the symbolic start of the project, together with the Minister of Energy Dainius Kreivys, the representatives of the European Commission Representation in Lithuania, electric utility group EPSO-G, energy storage technology and services provider Fluence and Siemens Energy. The company will start installing a portfolio of energy storage facilities of 200 megawatts (MW) and 200 megawatt-hours (MWh) capacity in total in Vilnius, Šiauliai, Alytus and Utena and will start to provide services ensuring the instantaneous isolated mode electricity reserve operation in December of next year.
“The project will help us meet one of the most important challenges before synchronisation – the capacity to work in isolated mode,” commented Minister Kreivys. “The facilities under construction will help ensure the stability and reliability of our electricity system in the event of disturbances. In the event of a power outage across Lithuania, these batteries will immediately start supplying power and restore the energy supply.”
The establishment of the special-purpose company Energy cells in January this year has led to the preparatory works for the project and guaranteed funding: the European Commission has approved up to 100 million euros in support for the storage facilities measure under the EU’s Recovery and Resilience Facility. This is the first project of this scale in Lithuania to be approved for funding under the EU’s Economic Recovery and Resilience Facility, and the first to be launched under this facility.
“This project is significant for Lithuania and all the Baltic States,” said Laimutė Pilukaitė, Head of the Policy Analysis and Review Team at the European Commission Representation in Lithuania. “It will strengthen the resilience of Lithuania’s energy system. At the same time, this European-scale project is one of the key components in synchronising the Baltic States’ energy grids with continental Europe. This will not only improve connectivity but also bring innovation to Europe’s energy system.”
“The energy storage system is another project of our Group to improve the safety and reliability of the system,” added Rolandas Zukas, CEO of EPSO-G. “Just as the physical barrier will contribute to the protection against hybrid attacks on the border with Belarus, the Energy cells’ instantaneous electricity reserve service will help protect against energy threats and allow us to smoothly implement our ongoing synchronisation projects. I am proud of the personnel of our Group’s companies who understand the importance of the projects and contribute to their implementation to the best of their abilities.”
The 200 MW and 200 MWh energy storage facilities will be designed, manufactured and connected to the electricity transmission system by Fluence and Siemens Energy which won an international procurement tender launched by Energy cells for the supply and installation of advanced energy storage systems and have signed a 109 million euros contract to provide after-sales service and maintenance for 15 years after the system is launched.