Saft (Paris, France), designer and manufacturer of advanced technology batteries for the industry, is providing a state-of-the-art lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery system to store solar power for SABIC’s “Home of Innovation” facility in Riyadh’s Techno-Valley.
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation’s (SABIC) facility is part of a global Initiative to promote growth in Saudi Arabia and in the Middle East and to show how advanced technology can enable modern, comfortable and sustainable living powered by green, renewable energy resources.
48 Li-ion modules capable of providing up to 187 kWh of energy storage
Saft is supplying the solar energy storage system as an integral part of its participation in SABIC’s Home of Innovation growth initiative. The company is supplying 48 Li-ion modules capable of providing a nominal peak power of 20 kW and up to 187 kWh of energy storage. The complete system will occupy just one third of the space required by a conventional lead-acid battery system and at only one quarter of the weight, Saft emphasizes.
“Effective energy storage is a vital element in promoting self-consumption of solar energy to help the Middle East region make the transition from its reliance on fossil fuels. Saft’s advanced Li-ion battery system technology has developed an outstanding track record in renewable energy projects thanks to its proven safety, reliability and efficiency in a compact, lightweight package. SABIC’s Home of Innovation provides the perfect platform to show a wide audience of people that Saft has energy storage systems fully developed and ready to deploy in commercial applications,” said Xavier Delacroix, General Manager of Saft’s Industrial battery Group.
The grid-connected 48 V Saft system will provide effective storage for the excess energy produced by the building’s solar PV panels, helping to smooth peaks and troughs in production. The battery will store enough energy for a full day’s operation of the facility, ensuring the continued availability of all the building’s electrical devices should there be any interruption to the main AC grid supply.