18.11.2020 / News
As the clean energy transition and climate goals are on the top list of policies in the European Union, energy storage is gaining momentum across various initiatives from the European Parliament. EASE is pleased to see that European Parliament considers energy storage as the key enabler for energy transition and has taken many steps to make sure that energy storage will be included in the policies and regulatory framework for the clean energy transition.
23.11.2020 / News
Welcome on Board Wärtsila Finland Oy
The European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) is glad to extend a warm welcome to its newest member Wärtsilä Finland Oy - who joined EASE in September 2020. Ms Koul, Sales Director at Wärtsilä Finland Oy, accepted to discuss with us about Wärtsilä Finland Oy’s expertise in energy storage and expectations from this collaboration with EASE.
EASE: Ms Koul, thank you very much for accepting this interview. We are very really happy to have Wärtsilä Finland Oy among our members and we would like to know more about your activities in the sector. Could you summarise the most interesting insights from Wärtsilä Finland Oy’s work for energy storage?
Ms Koul: As a Wärtsilä company, we reach into an expanding global market for programmable energy storage. Wärtsilä is the world’s largest energy integration company with operations in over 200 locations in more than 80 countries around the world. Together, we offer expert solutions to the most pressing energy challenges including the integration of more renewables.
For example, Wärtsilä’s experience in energy storage and complex multi-application systems resulted in offering a new solution in the UK market: deploying two 50 MW / 50MWh lithium-ion energy storage projects as part of Pivot Power’s development of grid-scale energy storage and rapid electric car charging network across the UK, directly connected to the UK National Grid. This is the largest energy storage deal in Europe for Wärtsilä, which has set its sights on the UK as a key new market, as part of its plan to lead the global transition towards a 100% clean energy future. With our state of art GEMS software platform, we have the flexibility to integrate different generation sources in island grid/micro grids as well as enable our customers to optimize their revenues in merchant markets.
EASE: What is your vision for how storage can contribute to the energy transition?
Ms Koul: As the world moves towards 100% renewable energy, utilities, independent power producers and other energy providers are motivated to harness the potential of intermittent energy sources such as solar, wind and hydro power. As a Wärtsilä company, we play a key role in our vision towards a 100% renewable grid and we see energy storage as a fundamental part of the energy transition by helping deploy renewable energy into the grid. Our mission is to make energy storage a fundamental part of a cleaner, more intelligent and better distributed energy infrastructure.
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