GE has secured a contract from Red Eléctrica to supply six pumped storage turbines for the 200 MW Chira Soria pumped storage power plant in Gran Canaria, Spain. The contract was secured in a consortium with Cobra Infrastructuras Hidráulicas. Red Eléctrica is the sole transmission agent as well as the operator of Spain’s national electricity system.
GE will commission, design, supply and transport the turbines and deliver generators, main transformers and electrical balance-of-plant equipment. They will become operational in 2027 and have a 3.5 GWh energy storage capacity. The storage units and the hydropower project will support Gran Canaria’s energy transition and grid stabilisation by acting as giant natural batteries.
In February 2023, GE Renewable Energy secured a contract from a wpd to supply onshore wind turbines for three wind farms in Germany. The company would deliver 16 turbines for the wind power facilities, with each turbine having 5.5 MW of capacity. The Bankewitz, Müssingen and Flinten wind farms are planned to be built at Landkreis Uelzen and would have a total installed capacity of 88 MW. Bankewitz and Müssingen are expected to be commissioned and operational by the end of this 2023, while Flinten is due to come online in the first quarter of 2024.
REGlobal’s Views: Pumped storage projects are gaining traction across the major renewable energy markets of the world as pumped storage is a mature technology and can help provide significant stability to the grid. Spain is witnessing massive influx of renewables, which are intermittent by nature, and pumped storage will help in addressing grid stability issues.