Wartsila wins contract for 50 MW ECO wind farm in Mexico

Wartsila energy storage system

Wartsila has won a contract to provide energy storage system for the 50 MW Eolica Coromuel (ECO) wind farm in La Paz, Mexico.

The Wartsila energy storage system is designed to deliver a power output of 10 MW for the operational life of the project.

Wartsila is also providing a long-term service agreement, including maintenance, spare parts, repairs, remote monitoring and performance guarantees.

The Wartsila solution will support ECO’s ability to meet grid code requirements. The order was placed in November 2020. This contract in Mexico marks an expansion of Wartsila’s smart storage technology to the region.

ECO is owned by San Diego based Eurus Energy America Corporation, the majority owner of which is the Tokyo based global renewable energy company Toyota Tsusho Corporation. Eurus Energy America Corporation is part of the Eurus Energy Group.

ECO and the Wartsila energy storage system will be connected to the local grid controlled by the National Center for Energy Control (CENACE), Mexico’s Independent System Operator. The system can control the facility’s ramp rate, in order to enhance generation reliability, as well as providing frequency control and capacity.

Wartsila’s GEMS smart energy management system will interface with and take instructions from the wind farm master controller. GEMS is a platform that connects energy assets to energy markets in technically and economically optimised manner. The platform’s flexible architecture – adjusting based on market conditions – and real-time optimisation, supports the management of fluctuations in output caused by dynamically changing wind conditions.

“This project will help Mexico meet its renewable energy goals, and efficient energy storage is a key element for its success. The Mexican government is to have 30 percent of energy generated by renewables by 2021 and 35 percent by 2024,” said Nick Henriksen, vice president, Eurus Energy America.

“Enabling a transition towards a 100 percent renewable energy future is central to Wartsila’s strategy,” said John Robbins, business development manager, Wartsila Energy.