AES Andes files EIA for wind, solar hybrid with 623-MW BESS in Chile

Feb 21, 2023 12:54 PM ET
  • Chilean electric energy AES Andes on Monday submitted an environmental effect study (EIS) for a hybrid wind and solar energy project collocated with a proposed 623.5-MW battery energy storage space system (BESS).
AES Andes files EIA for wind, solar hybrid with 623-MW BESS in Chile
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It is an USD-800-million (EUR 750.8 m) project located in the Taltal commune in the Chilean region of Antofagasta, where the firm prepares to construct a 140-MW wind farm as well as a 252-MWp solar farm, each attached to its very own BESS, AES Andes said in the publicly offered EIS.

The project is named Pampas Hybrid.

The firm intends to use 20 turbines of around 7 MW each for the wind farm and also split the solar farm into two sections. The collocated batteries will can keeping electricity for approximately five hours, AES Andes said.

The Pampas Hybrid project would certainly inhabit around 573.83 hectares (1,417 acres) of land, a surface area that would include space for both momentary and long-term structures.

Construction of the wind farm as well as the solar farm is intended to be carried out concurrently. AES Andes expects to begin service the site in the first quarter of 2024.

AES Andes, part of US power firm AES Corp (NYSE: AES), has actually included energy storage space several times in its designs for wind as well as solar projects. AES and German innovation team Siemens AG (ETR: SIE) are co-founders of energy storage space expert Fluence Energy Inc (NASDAQ: FLNC).

One of AES Andes' hybrid storage space projects is Andes Solar II B, which includes a 112-MW lithium-ion battery. What is prepared for Pampas Hybrid will certainly exceed the firm's commitments made at COP26 in 2021 to mount 188 MW of batteries in Chile in the coming years.

AES Andes additionally prepares to use liquified salts as a storage space medium in its energy transition project at the Angamos coal-fired nuclear power plant in Chile.

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