Southeast Asia is steadily decarbonizing its energy sources and phasing out its reliance on coal power, with substantial investments being made to support renewable energy infrastructure, especially large-scale projects. The target for the ASEAN region is to achieve a 23% share of renewable energy use by 2025, which would be based on 35GW-40GW of new installations.
Southeast Asia is also seeing increased momentum for implementing energy storage systems (ESS), with Thailand’s recently updated national Power Development Plan (PDP 2018-2037) setting a goal of 2,766MW of renewable power capacity, 37% of the overall total, and the Ministry of Energy also launching an “Energy 4.0” strategy to promote ESS installations nationwide.
The Thai government has also launched its SPP Hybrid Firm Power Purchasing Program, the first project of which will involve a 49.01 MW PV plus 45 MW/136.24 MWh energy storage system, the country’s largest BESS plant, delivered by the developer Super Energy in conjunction with Sungrow. Based on Sungrow’s integrated solar plus storage solution, the plant will be able to provide long term clean electricity with constant power, improving the overall stability and security of the Thai power grid.
An important element of the project will involve Sungrow’s ST2523UX-SC5000UD-MV liquid cooled energy storage system, which uses an innovative modular DC/DC converter to enable full and flexible battery charging and discharging to increase electricity generation and optimise plant performance.
The ESS also incorporates intelligent and multi-level monitoring devices which can accurately detect the cell-level temperature controls, with the battery cabinet and PCS enclosure equipped with enhanced safety features to maintain efficient yield without derating in the region’s hot and humid environment.
With renewable energy players like Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam predicted to see levelized cost of electricity by 2025, Sungrow will continue to offer global leading solutions and services to take further advantage of what is undoubtedly a flourishing region.