Mytilineos places 588 MWp of solar under PPA in Chile
unit, the team committed to supplying up to 1.1 TWh of solar per year to Chilean utility Enel Generacion Chile SA. Under the PPA, RSD will supply the
Jun 8, 2022 // Plants, Markets & Finance News, PPA, Chile, South america, Mytilineos
Chile improves renewables share to 35.8% in Nov
the past and also up by 38.9% year-on-year. Total gross power production in Chile climbed by 5.6% year-on-year to 6,715 GWh. The total November result likewise
Dec 29, 2021 // Markets & Finance News, Chile, South america
Innergex obtains 50.6-MW solar park in Chile
of USD 25.7 million (EUR 23m), web of money, fully funded with offered cash in Chile and also corporate revolving credit facility draws, it was introduced on
Jan 31, 2022 // Plants, Chile, South america, Solar Park, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc
Atlas sells 550GWh of solar to Engie Energía in Chile
Energía, which will help support the development of a 230MW-plus solar farm in Chile. The array in question, the Sol del Desierto solar plant, is in the
Aug 16, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, PPA, Chile, PV plant, Brazil, Mexico, Atlas Renewable Energy, Engie Energía, Sol del Desierto, Uruguay
Engie Chile starts operation of 87.9-MW solar farm
to create enough electrical power to power some 36,000 households in northern Chile. The most up to date milestone bookends a year that started with Engie
Jan 2, 2023 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, solar farm, Engie Chile
A South American Success Story In Renewables-- Chile
is an over-achiever, making excellent progression given that 2008, the year Chilean Legislation set the Non-Conventional Renewable Energy Target to 10 percent
Nov 16, 2022 // Markets & Finance News, IEA, International Energy Agency, El Romero Solar Farm, Sierra Gorda Enel Solar PV Park, Sol de Lila Solar Power Park, The Concentrated Solar Power de Cerro Dominador Plant
Enel Green Power Chile cuts ribbon at 10-MW DG solar farm in Santiago
framework designed for small DG power plants, or PMGDs as they are known in Chile. The La Colonia DG solar farm that was just introduced is a USD-7.7-million
Jan 25, 2023 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, solar farm, Enel Green Power Chile, Santiago
Chile, the land of mines, leads the way in solar power
Solar energy plant inhabits 1,000 hectares as well as lies in northern Chile's Cerro Dominador. This location has the highest degree of solar occurrence in
Nov 7, 2022 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Chile, South america, Javier Jorquera Copier
SMA materials MVPS for 220 MW PV plant in Chile
supplied inverters to the "Ovejeria" solar power plant, also integrated in Chile, for Colbun SA in 2018. In Chile, 44 percent of the electrical energy
Feb 4, 2021 // Plants, Chile, South america, SMA, PV Power Plant, MVPS
Mainstream reveals 1GW Chile solar, wind system
Power has actually introduced a 1GW hybrid renewable energy system in Chile. The Nazca Renovables platform includes 6 projects, consisting of 3 wind as
Jul 20, 2021 // Plants, Grids, Chile, South america, mainstream renewable power, solar farm, Manuel Tagle, wind farm
Massive 204MW solar park construction kicks off in Chile
business Enel Chile, via its renewable resource subsidiary Enel Green Power Chile, has begun building and construction on a new 204MW photovoltaic
Oct 12, 2020 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Chile, solar pv, South america, PV Power Plant, Enel Chile, Enel Green Power Chile
Enel plants to power Anglo American’s full renewable switch in Chile
turned to Enel to power its transition to a fully renewable energy supply in Chile, signing a deal set to kick in two years’ time. The developer
Jul 30, 2019 // Plants, PV Tech, Enel, Los Bronces, Collahuasi, El Soldado
Reden, Natixis close financing on up to 100MW of PV projects in Chile
Investments Chile and Natixis have successfully closed senior facilities totaling US$96.4 million for an up-to-100MW portfolio of PV projects in
Oct 10, 2019 // Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Markets & Finance News, Natixis, Engie, Chile, South america, Reden
The weekend read: Chile taps ‘white gold’ for security of energy supply
Chile has set itself some very ambitious goals in terms of renewables and carbon neutrality. In late 2017, presidential candidate (and current head of state) Sebastián Piñera pledged in his campaign to power the national grid with 100% clean energy. In June of this year, and this time from the presidential palace La Moneda, he promised to make Chile the first carbon-neutral developing country. The ability to keep that promise depends strongly on clean energy.   Both the public and private sector have invested heavily in renewables – so much so that by December 2018, clean power accounted for 18% of the country’s energy mix – just two percentage points short of the 20% target set for 2025. Much of Chile’s renewable energy potential lies in solar PV and wind power, both of which are known for their intermittency. The situation inevitably calls for more efficient storage systems.   Realizing this, Chile has started to implement – and has become a regional leader in – lithium-ion battery energy storage systems, in an effort to manage its energy reserves more efficiently now that renewable energy sources are on the rise. Engie Chile currently has a project underway in the town of Arica, while AES Gener has a further three projects in operation in Antofagasta.   High levels of photovoltaic solar and wind power mean that the system faces greater variability and uncertainty. This makes frequency regulation, balancing generation and demand minute-by-minute under normal operating conditions, much more difficult.   “In a context such as this, implementing storage systems based on lithium batteries could help to mitigate the instability and unpredictability inherent to these resources, ensuring a smooth transition from the current national system to one defined by high levels of non-conventional renewables,” explains Claudia Rahmann, an academic working for the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Chile’s Faculty of Physical Sciences and Mathematics.   Why lithium?   The northern part of Chile is rich in two natural resources that are crucial for developing clean energy: lithium and sunshine. Situated 2,305 meters above sea level, the Atacama salt flats cover an area of nearly 3,000 km², making them the third largest on the planet after Uyuni in Bolivia (10,582 km²) and Salinas Grandes in Argentina (6,000 km²). This area in the middle of the Atacama Desert also accounts for 25% of the world’s lithium reserves. In fact, Chile is home to 50% of the globe’s lithium reserves. It is one of the top two exporters of lithium worldwide, second only to Australia in terms of annual exports.   The metal has been used to make batteries since the 1990s, but it was not until the turn of the millennium that it began to be used in the energy sector.   “The lithium-ion battery … was developed based on the use of lithium salt as an electrolyte, which produces the amount of ions needed to create an electrochemical reaction between the cathode and the anode, thanks to which energy is obtained,” explains José Miguel Arriaza, head of the Energy Engineering and Environmental Sustainability department at the University of San Sebastián in Santiago.   The first BESS projects implemented in Chile use domestically produced lithium, which boosts the country’s position as a metal producer. “Most of Chile’s Li-ion BESS potential is linked to its renewable resources. Plus, the country also has good trading prospects as a producer of lithium, the primary component used in these systems. This enables us to not only make the most of these alternatives as users, but also to form part of the storage value chain,” points out Juan Carlos Jobet, Chile’s energy minister.   Pioneers in Latin America   Until recently, pumped hydro was the country’s most widespread method of storing energy. But with the use of inherently more variable renewables came the need to install more reliable storage systems. Faced with this scenario, AES Gener decided to develop the first BESS projects in Chile and the entire Latin American region. Today, this energy generation company has installed three storage systems in the region of Antofagasta with a capacity of 52 MW/13 MWh. Two are sited next to the Cochrane and Angamos power plants (20 MW each), while the third is at the Andes substation (12 MW).   The systems installed by AES Gener were manufactured with Chilean lithium and are able to respond instantly to unexpected outages in the power plants to which they are connected, providing energy for 15 to 20 minutes. This technology has come to replace what is known as the power plant’s “spinning reserve,” maintained by working below maximum output so as to have backup capacity with which to stabilize the entire system when necessary.   Another advantage of lithium-ion storage systems is their ability to optimize use of the power produced by the plant, which lowers marginal costs. In terms of cost benefits, battery technology is becoming more and more effective thanks to a number of innovations that reduce the capital outlay that is required.   “Having these banks allows the National Power Coordinator to use the batteries as a primary response to contingencies, on the basis that the batteries are able to absorb energy from the grid to help stabilize the system. They also require less thermal unit output to cover the primary reserve defined in the safety study. At peak [demand] time, this also means higher maximum output for the National Power Coordinator if the facilities are equipped with these batteries,” says Javier Giorgio, chief operating officer at AES Gener.   The company is now working on one of its most ambitious projects in this field: the virtual dam. “The virtual dam solution involves installing a series of batteries connected via smart inverters to the Alfalfal hydroelectric substation, which is located in the Cajón del Maipo canyon. Among other advantages, this allows us to regulate frequency or voltage, store energy produced by the hydroelectric plant and deliver it to the system when it’s needed most. The virtual dam will have the capacity to output 10 MW for five hours,” adds Giorgio, while noting that the system can be replicated in solar and wind power facilities, where they already have projects in the pipeline.   Adding to these three plants run by AES Gener is a fourth facility that was developed by Engie in Arica. It is a pilot project that consists of an NEC container with the capacity to store 2 MWh. According to the company: “It’s a first step in assessing the capabilities this technology has to offer, which we expect to grow exponentially in the next few years due to the key role it’ll play in renewable energy project implementation.”   The future of BESS in Chile   The prospects for BESS in Chile are undoubtedly promising. In fact, during the Decarbonization Roundtable hosted by the Ministry of Energy, the National Power Coordinator outlined a series of future scenarios for the system, all involving a decrease in carbon-based production over the coming years. These analyses revealed how efficient it could be to replace conventional thermal generation systems with renewable sources such as solar and wind power. Since this would require storage solutions, it was estimated that 3,000 MW of storage will be developed during the next 20 years.   However, one of the major challenges in expanding this system is improving regulation. As explained by Jobet, Chile’s energy minister, “the future development of this technology depends primarily on which alternatives prove to be most efficient in supplying the system’s requirements. This can only be achieved by providing the sector with the right financial signals and a suitable regulatory framework to ensure that all alternatives get the chance to be developed.”   To reach Chile’s goal, developing and managing storage systems will be paramount. In this context, battery energy storage systems offer the best option in a country where lithium is plentiful. Given the right incentives, the nation could become a regional leader in renewable energy use and a worldwide producer of “white gold” storage technology. 
Sep 1, 2019 // Manufacturing News, Plants, Large-Scale, Commercial, Storage, Engie, Chile, South america, BESS, lithium, Sebastián Piñera, AES Gener, Claudia Rahmann, Juan Carlos Jobet, Javier Giorgio
Chile's renewables share down to 36.8%.
overall net set up non-conventional renewable resource capacity in Chile rose to 12,176 MW from 11,992 in February. Non-conventional renewables
Apr 28, 2023 // Markets & Finance News, Chile, South america

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