One of Europe’s largest battery-powered energy storage systems will be built at the Olkiluoto Nuclear Power Plant in Finland under a contract between Teollisuuden Voima Oyj (TVO) and Hitachi ABB Power Grids. The 90 MW storage facility will serve as a quick-start backup source to ensure the stability of the national power grid in cases of unplanned shutdowns of the Olkiluto 3 (OL3) NPP reactor, the EPR reactor currently operating at the site.
The agreement with TVO includes a PowerStore e-mesh energy storage solution along with an intelligent digital SCADA system for energy management, substation expansion and maintenance support. The battery energy storage system is scheduled to be launched in 2022.
The new reactor is scheduled to be launched in October
The connection of the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, which has been under construction since 2005, is planned for October this year and regular electricity production is expected from February 2022. Once the reactor unit is operational, the entire Olkiluoto NPP will cover approximately 30% of Finland’s total electricity production.
“TVO’s contribution to national electricity production is increasing. In addition, an important part of this effort, the Olkiluoto 3 nuclear power plant, is due to be completed soon. TVO Technical Director, Sami Jakkonen said. “Through this investment in battery energy storage, we will help ensure an uninterrupted supply of electricity to Finland.”
The road to Finnish carbon neutrality
Matti Fatovara, CEO of Hitachi ABB Power Grids in Finland adds: “We will work with TVO to empower people in Finland to move towards a carbon-neutral future. The energy revolution requires pioneering technologies and new smart solutions to ensure system resilience and reliability. It is also essential for businesses And the competitiveness that the future of our electrical system will be stable and reliable. Battery energy storage of this scale and the development of low-emission electricity generation are important steps for the climate and towards the Finnish goal of achieving carbon neutrality in 2035.”
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