Wärtsilä enters Belgian energy storage market


Belgium Wärtsilä will provide a 25-megawatt (MW) / 100-megawatt hour (MWh) energy storage system in Belgium as part of an extended equipment delivery and long-term service agreement.

This project marks Wärtsilä’s entry into the Belgian energy storage market, and it will be one of the country’s largest systems. The order has been scheduled for Wärtsilä’s order intake in October 2021.

The new system will help to regulate grid fluctuations, such as changes in wind energy production, and will increase revenues by maintaining energy frequency and reliability. Energy storage projects like this will become increasingly important in balancing Belgium’s grid as the country prepares to phase out nuclear power by 2025 and continues to deploy offshore wind energy.

Wärtsilä’s GridSolv Quantum, a fully integrated, modular, and compact energy storage system, as well as the GEMS Digital Energy Platform, Wärtsilä’s sophisticated energy management system, will be installed at the facility. GEMS will ensure optimal performance for specified use cases that will maintain electricity supply reliability, such as reserve power, frequency control response, capacity dispatch, and voltage support.

Wärtsilä’s Service+ GAP solution, which provides maintenance with performance guarantees, will be used to optimize the energy storage system. The energy storage system is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2022.