Austrian investors build the largest battery unit in Romania

Megalodon Storage intends to complete its 7 MW lithium-ion battery storage unit in Ilfov County near Bucharest next year. Construction work began in the spring.

A company controlled by Austrian investors has obtained the energy license for a battery storage facility project in the village of Căciulați in the municipality of Moara Vlăsiei, reported. Megalodon Storage also has a one-year technical approval for the connection of the installation to the electricity distribution network operated by E-Distribuție Muntenia of Enel.

The 7 MW lithium-ion battery unit in Ilfov County near Bucharest is said to be the largest in the country. EDPR has the only other such system in operation – 2 MW of power in northern Dobruja or Dobrogea, the article adds. The eastern region is Romania’s wind energy hub.

The battery power will be doubled in the next phase

The Megalodon facility will be connected to the Căciulați 110/20 kV transformer station. The plan is to double the power of the unit to 14 MW in the second phase.

Construction work began in the spring and the company intends to bring the battery system online next year. It will be used for automatic frequency restoration reserve (aFRR) for the power grid, also called secondary reserve.

The Romanian company is owned by the Austrian investment fund Core Value Capital (33.33%), Gerdan Real Estate, a company controlled by managers of the Austrian group LSG – 33.34%, and the Austrian builder and operator of power plants Green Source solar panels.

LSG Romania is the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the Megalodon storage project. Earlier, he said the storage system would have an NMC-type lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 6 MWh, produced in Romania. This means that the system would be able to supply 7 MW of electricity for just over 51 minutes.

Two central battery inverters supplied by SMA will allow a direct link to the medium voltage grid, the statement said.

LSG Group designed the cooling system for Megalodon

The battery modules will be liquid-cooled and feature a redundant water cooling system, the Austrian construction company and renewable energy developer said. He revealed that he designed it on his own, for optimal cooling of each battery cell. LSG Group is also active in Croatia and neighboring Serbia.

Green Source Energy Management will be responsible for the technical and commercial operation and maintenance, according to the same announcement, published after the start of construction works.

Electricom considers a 10 MW battery storage project in Tulcea

The electricity producer and supplier Electricom, which is part of the Bomax group, is considering a battery system project of 8 MW to 10 MW of power. It would be installed in its 10 MW wind farm in Tulcea County and the investment is estimated at 5 million euros. The company intends to use European funds.

Core Value Capital owns one of the largest solar power plants in Romania. The 50 MW unit is located in Giurgiu in the south of the country. The investment fund plans to invest 800 million euros in Romania in photovoltaic projects with a total capacity of 1 GW.

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