Engie Constructs Europe's Largest Battery in Belgium

Jul 8, 2024 01:15 PM ET
  • Engie SA powers up with Europe's largest battery storage system in Belgium, leading the charge towards a sustainable energy future.
Engie Constructs Europe's Largest Battery in Belgium

French electric utility Engie SA has started construction on a 200-MW/800-MWh battery energy storage system at its Vilvoorde site in Belgium. The battery, one of Europe's largest, will be able to power 96,000 households and will be commissioned in two phases by early 2026. The project obtained a construction permit in July 2023 and has a 15-year contract with Belgian grid operator Elia.

Engie's executive vice president highlighted the importance of battery energy storage systems in ensuring the reliability of energy systems, especially with the increasing share of renewable energies. The company is also working on two other BESS projects in Belgium and aims to reach 10 GW of battery capacity globally by 2030, with 1.3 GW already in operation and 3.6 GW under development.

What is Engie SA's goal for global battery capacity by 2030?

  • Engie SA aims to reach 10 GW of battery capacity globally by 2030
  • Currently, the company has 1.3 GW of battery capacity already in operation
  • Engie has 3.6 GW of battery capacity under development
  • The company is working on two other battery energy storage system projects in Belgium
  • The 200-MW/800-MWh battery energy storage system at the Vilvoorde site in Belgium is one of Europe's largest and will be able to power 96,000 households

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