Siemens Gamesa to supply hybrid plant in the Philippines for Berkeley Energy

Siemens Gamesa SG 3.4-132 model wind turbine

Siemens Gamesa today said it will supply innovative hybrid plant in the Philippines for Berkeley Energy, reducing fossil fuel use in a remote location.

Siemens Gamesa is fast advancing on an innovative hybrid energy project in Puerto Galera on the island of Mindoro in the Philippines that will provide a stable electricity supply in a location with a weak link to the grid, reducing its dependence on diesel.

The hybrid project, located in the Oriental Mindoro province, will combine an existing 16MW wind power facility and a battery storage solution with an in-house central control system managing the energy produced at the plant. The supply and commissioning of the project is being carried out by Siemens Gamesa, with construction by a subsidiary of Berkeley Energy.

The plant is expected to be in full operation in the second half of 2020, following the recent signing of a supply and five-year maintenance contract including the Siemens Gamesa Hybrid Plant Controller (HPC) system.

The HPC system manages the power generated and stored at the plant and can fine tune the wind turbines to optimize the entire plant’s performance such as wind forecasts and other factors.

“This plant will help the region to cut its diesel use and emissions, while using storage facilities to assure that people have access to clean energy when they need it,” said Warren Wilson, Sales & Marketing Managing Director – Onshore Siemens Gamesa.

At present, the 16MW wind power facility has been installed (using 8 Siemens Gamesa 2MW turbines), and the 6MW Gamesa Electric lithium battery storage system will be set up and commissioned in 2020.

Currently an additional wind farm facility is being negotiated, which would increase wind capacity by 10MW pending the issuance of appropriate approvals from the Department of Energy (DoE) and other government agencies.

The operation of the hybrid plant, which is subject to the relevant government permits, will be optimized thanks to the Energy Management Service (EMS) provided remotely by Siemens Gamesa technicians.