Eneco is planning to build a new 50 MW/200 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) to be installed in Ville-sur-Haine in the Wallonia region of Belgium. Eneco will fully own the project. The company has secured the permit, placed orders for the battery and is conducting preparatory studies to begin operations by the end of 2024. The BESS will include 53 megapack energy storage units supplied by Tesla, which can store and supply power to the grid for four hours.
Installed in cooperation with Belgian grid operator Elia, the BESS will ensure that the increasing number of solar and wind energy facilities can be deployed efficiently while keeping the grid power balanced. The BESS project will complement the company’s renewable energy investments in Belgium, where it has installed 128 wind turbines and 400,000 solar panels and is also participating in the country’s two largest offshore wind farms. By installing the storage project, it aims to create a future-proof energy system in the country.
In May 2023, Shell and Eneco agreed to work jointly on the offshore wind tender process for the Hollandse Kust (west) (HKW) VI and VII lots, which are located off the coast of the Netherlands. The two companies would submit their bids through their two joint venture firms, Ecowende and SchakelWind. Ecowende will bid for HKW VI, while SchakelWind would submit an offer for HKW VII. Both facilities are slated to commence in 2026.