The GIGA Buffalo battery is co-located with wind and solar assets at the Wageningen University & Research test center in Lelystad. It provides Eneco, the main energy supplier in the Netherlands, with the energy capacity needed to mitigate renewable energy intermittency and regulate energy frequency while enhancing grid reliability. It also improves revenue by maximizing the value of renewable assets and providing capacity that can be dispatched during peak demand.

“We are delighted to see the construction of this flagship project completed and brought online. Battery storage is essential for stabilizing the country’s power grid and imperative to achieving our clean energy goals,” said Ruud Nijs, CEO of GIGA Storage BV.

The Dutch government has set itself the target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 49% by 2030 and by 95% by 2050. Recent reports indicate that the Netherlands will need 29 to 54 gigawatts (GW) of energy storage capacity by 2050 to support increased renewable energy generation and ensure reliability as the country achieves its decarbonization goals.

“We are celebrating another successful deployment of energy storage globally, and our first here in the Netherlands. Congratulations to the Netherlands on this victory in their transition to a net zero future,” said Jens Norrgård, Director, Europe, Wärtsilä Energy.

The system includes the Wärtsilä Quantum GridSolv, a fully integrated, modular and compact energy storage system. Wärtsilä’s intelligent energy management system, GEMS Digital Energy Platform, uses machine learning and analysis of historical and real-time data to optimize the entire system. It is optimized with Wärtsilä’s Service+ GAP solution that provides system maintenance with performance guarantees.