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Dispatch to build Netherlands' 'largest' 45 MW/ 90 MWh standalone BESS

Dutch battery developer Dispatch recently announced the construction of the Netherlands' 'largest' stand-alone Battery Energy Storage System (BESS), in collaboration with system integrator Fluence and utility Eneco. Construction is set to commence in the coming months. 

The 45MW/ 90MWh utility-scale BESS will be located in the port area of Dordrecht, and will be used for grid stabilization by storing excess energy from renewable sources. Eneco will be optimizing the 2-hour battery system across various power markets. 

The proposed battery storage facility, consisting of 144 Fluence cubes, has a capacity of 90 MWh and will on average store the energy supply equivalent for 21,500 households per day. 

With this capacity, Eneco will improve the balance of the electricity grid, reduce the chances of a blackout, and make more efficient use of the energy generated by wind and solar. 

Equans Netherlands will take charge of the engineering and construction of the battery storage system. Eneco will optimize the battery to maintain grid balance without increasing local congestion.

In the Netherlands, the largest operational battery storage system so far is the 30 MW/ 68 MWh 'Project Pollux' BESS developed and operated by Alfen and SemperPower that became operational in late last year. SemperPower has also begun the operations of its 30.7 MW/ 62.6 MWh utility-scale energy storage project 'Castor' in the country. 

Fluence, on the other hand, is also deploying deploying a 35 MW/ 100 MWh BESS for Engie at a solar power plant in the country. While Lion Storage's flagship battery storage project 'Mufasa', with a nameplate capacity of 364 MW/ 1,457 MWh is coming up as well at the Vlissingen port (North Sea Port) in the Netherlands. 

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