Saft, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies, has won a contract from French industrial engineering company Eiffage Energie Systèmes to deliver a 10MW energy storage system (ESS) for the Boundiali solar PV power plant.
The 37.5MWp plant is owned and operated by CI-Energies (Côte d’Ivoire Energies) and is located in Boundiali, a city of about 40,000 residents in the north of Côte d’Ivoire.
Touted as the first large-scale solar project in Côte d’Ivoire, it will produce clean power for 30,000 households and avoid the emission of 27,000 tonnes of CO2.
The ESS, designed to withstand semi-arid conditions, will help smooth the intermittency of solar power and will ensure stable, reliable power to the local grid. This will be facilitated by the rapid charge and discharge of the batteries.
According to Saft, the lithium-ion ESS will provide 13.8MWh of energy storage, together with power conversion and medium voltage power station systems.
CI Energies will also test the ESS in other network support options such as ramp rate control, frequency support, reactive power support and black start.
Côte d’Ivoire’s electricity supply is largely supplied by thermal energy and hydroelectric dams, according to Saft, however, the government plans to ensure the energy mix comprises 42% renewables by 2030.
The Saft ESS is scheduled for commissioning at the site in September 2022.