Aggreko has successfully commissioned Turkey’s first grid-stabilising battery. The 500 kW, one-hour lithium-ion system will help the regional distribution system operator enhance grid stability in its electricity network.

First deployed at a substation near the town of Alaca, the battery system will deliver reactive power support, but as it is a mobile and modular battery pack it can also be easily redeployed to other substations in the region to provide temporary grid relief.

Turkey’s power grid is facing growing, but fluctuating, energy demand as well as stronger production volatility as more and more renewable energy systems make use of the country’s ample wind and solar resources. Currently, solar power accounts for around 4% of the country’s energy mix, although there are ambitions for capacity to be doubled in 2021.