Wärtsilä to support Bahamas with new optimised energy system
In combination with a 132 MW power plant operating on seven Wärtsilä 50DF dual-fuel engines supplied to BPL in 2019, the integrated Wärtsilä solution will provide the Bahamas with an optimised energy system that meets its spinning reserve requirements, while significantly improving generation efficiency and system reliability for the island’s grid.
The combination of flexible power generation and energy storage utilising Wärtsilä’s GEMS Digital Energy Platform will support the Government of the Bahamas’ plans to increase its share of renewable sources by 30% by 2030.
The order comprises 27 units of Wärtsilä GridSolv Quantum energy modular storage system. The installation will be located at the Bluehills Power Station and will be carried out by Wärtsilä under a full engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract.
The system is anticipated to be fully operational by mid-2022.
BPL’s CEO Whitney Heastie said: “Wärtsilä won the bid with a solution that will greatly assist BPL in the process of improving system reliability and service quality. In addition, we believe this energy storage solution will help us as we work to continue our reduction of operational costs on the island."
“The path to a decarbonised future on islands pairs flexibility solutions - advanced energy storage technology and balancing thermal generation - for optimised operations and grid reliability. Storage enables this system efficiency, while at the same time opening the door to future cost savings through the integration of additional renewables into the system. It is through this smart optimisation that renewable targets become a reality," added Risto Paldanius, Vice President, Americas at Wärtsilä Energy.