San Miguel Corporation (SMC), a Philippines-based brewing-to-energy conglomerate, has announced that it will begin operating an initial 690 MW of battery storage facility early this year. In 2021-22, the company expects to complete 31 energy storage systems with a total capacity of 1 GW.

According to the media reports, 31 batteries would be installed by the end of 2022, not only to improve power reliability and frequency control, but also to allow for the integration of approximately 3 GW of intermittent renewables capacity. In addition, the company intends to construct solar plants with battery storage in ten locations across the Philippines. These are expected to become online by 2023. Also, SMC aims to focus on solar and hydroelectric power plants.

In June 2021, Fluence, a Siemens and AES company, completed the commissioning of two 20 MW/20 MWh battery-based energy storage systems in the Philippines. Both the projects were done for San Miguel Corporation Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMCGPH) and were the first phase of a larger 470 MW/470 MWh energy storage portfolio. Around the same time, Finnish energy solutions provider Wärtsilä commissioned two large-scale battery energy storage system projects in the Philippines. Universal Power Solutions, a subsidiary of vertically-integrated Philippine power company SMC Global Power, had awarded the contract to Wärtsilä in 2020.

REGlobal’s Views: SMC is increasing its energy storage installations as part of its efforts to deploy more cleaner energy sources and reduce its carbon footprint. These storage assets will help balance the grid and integrate renewables more effectively.