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Masdar signs Batwind collaboration deal

UK: United Arab Emirates-based renewables investor Masdar has signed a collaboration agreement with developer Statoil for the Batwind storage project, connected to the partners' Hywind floating array off Scotland.

Masdar’s Bader Al Lamki and Statoil's head of Hywind development Sebastian Bringsværd sign the collaboration agreement in Abu Dhabi (pic: Sebastian Bringsværd / Twitter)
Masdar’s Bader Al Lamki and Statoil's head of Hywind development Sebastian Bringsværd sign the collaboration agreement in Abu Dhabi (pic: Sebastian Bringsværd / Twitter)

Under the terms of the deal, "the parties will purchase, test and install Batwind to investigate how the battery storage solution can be leveraged to improve the operational and cost efficiency of offshore wind farms", Masdar said.

Batwind, which will use Younicos batteries after a deal was announced in November, will be powered up from the five 6MW Siemens Gamesa turbines installed at the 30MW Hywind Scotland project, located 25km off the east coast of Scotland. Hywind Scotland was completed in October.

The 1MW/1.3MWh battery system, located onshore, will provide data to explore "the potential for further applications", Masdar said.

"Being able to study Batwind's performance under a range of conditions on Hywind Scotland, will generate a high level of operational data, while will in turn enable a throrough exploration of the potential integration of battery storage solutions with wind and solar power generation systems, and offer insight into the potential application of this technology in other locations," Statoil added.

The battery will also be equipped with software that will mean the battery will "automatically know when to hold back and store electricity, and when to send it out to the grid", the Norwegian firm said.

The collaboration agreement between the two firms was signed during Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2018 (13-20 January 2018).

Masdar's executive director for clean energy, Bader Al Lamki, said: "By partnering with Statoil on the Batwind project, Masdar is addressing this critical need for affordable, reliable and regionally-optimised battery technologies and strengthening the viability of energy storage solutions.

"This has the potential to deliver far-reaching benefits in the development of renewables as a baseload power source."

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