Nidec is still world leader in energy storage – BNEF

17 October 2018

Nidec Industrial Solutions has, for the fifth consecutive year, confirmed its standing as the world’s leading supplier in the energy storage market. The company is now ranked first, worldwide, for its EPC utility scale systems.

This, according to a new report prepared by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, highlights the evolutionary trends in the renewable energy market on a global level, a sector in which the company has, for several years, played the role of driver for innovation and growth.

Thanks to its track record of numerous projects developed around the world, from 2013 to 2018 Nidec has been ranked first in the battery energy storage system market (BESS), with an aggregate installed in utility scale systems of 268MW/445MWh, as an EPC contractor, or as a supplier capable of overseeing the creation of a system, from the design phase through to its construction and testing, and then the maintenance activity throughout the system’s whole life cycle. Overall, if one also includes the period prior to 2013, Nidec Industrial Solutions can claim to have installed over 500 MWh in BESS around the world.

For the year 2016, moreover, the company held the record for systems installed, totalling 116 MW, which includes the creation of an energy storage system with a total capacity of 90 MW/120MWh for the German company STEAG, the largest system of its kind constructed to that date.

Matteo Rizzi, director, Global Sales PV, BESS and EV of Nidec Industrial Solutions commented: “The excellent positioning acknowledged in the report by BNEF ... is the result of a strategy that focuses strongly on renewable energy and its goal is to seize business opportunities around the world. We operate in both Europe and the rest of the world. In effect, Nidec Industrial Solutions has a global footprint, as confirmed by the contracts it won in 2017: in New Caledonia, for the creation of a 10 MW/10MWh storage system for Enercal; for 13MW in Corsica with Corsica Sole for photovoltaic systems with accompanying storage systems; for a 1MW VP microgrid in the Maldives and a smart microgrid, for EGP in Chile, that produces 68kw from photovoltaic, 30KW from wind power, with an energy storage (BESS) capacity of 250kW/520kWh”.

“Our value proposition benefits from the fact that we are not just system integrators but we are vertically integrated, supplying turnkey battery energy storage systems that include cutting edge power conversion systems (PCS) produced by us, and energy management systems (EMS) and power management systems (PMS) that use our technology. Moreover, we are capable of implementing Battery Energy Storage systems that avail themselves of different battery technologies, in addition to that of lithium.”

Featuring prominently among the company’s most recent innovations in support of energy transition and in particular the affirmation of sustainable mobility, is the new Ultra Fast Charger (UFC) for recharging the new generation of electric vehicles, a solution that will contribute to paving the way for the spread of electric vehicles. This is an innovative electrical system that makes it possible to recharge the new generation of electric cars in less than 15 minutes, guaranteeing them a range of 500 km and minimising the impact on the electricity grid. It will front a portfolio of products capable of meeting the needs of all market players, divided into three different formats: ultra fast chargers, LV charging stations with centralized batteries, and MV charging stations, possibly without batteries. 

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