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住友商事、米国北東部で東芝製大型蓄電池による電力需給調整事業に参画

~米国PJM周波数調整市場へ日本企業初~

20 April 2015

住友商事株式会社(本社:東京都中央区、取締役社長:中村邦晴、以下「住友商事」)および米州住友商事会社(本社:米国ニューヨーク州、代表:南部智一)(両者を総称して以下「住友商事グループ」)は、子会社のPerennial Power Holdings(本社:米国ニューヨーク州、取締役社長:浜田盛亘)を通じ、再生可能エネルギーデベロッパー兼建設業者であるRESグループの米国法人Renewable Energy Systems Americas (本社:米国コロラド州、以下「RES社」)よりWilley Battery Utility, LLC(以下、「WBU社」)の株式を取得しました。今後、WBU社にて東芝製蓄電池システム(最大出力6メガワット、容量2メガワットアワー)を保有し、米国最大の独立系統運用機関であるPJM(注1)が運営する周波数調整市場(注2)向けに需給調整サービス(注3、以下「本事業」)を実施します。日本製の大型蓄電池を使った海外での事業への参画は、本件が日本企業初となります。

 

米国では、風力発電や太陽光発電などの出力変動の大きい再生可能エネルギー比率の増加、あるいは電力の需要予測のズレ等に対応するための調整電力は周波数調整市場を通じて調達されています。従来、調整電力は火力発電や水力発電などの発電事業者によって供給されてきましたが、再生可能エネルギーの一層の普及拡大に伴い、変動に対する反応スピードがより迅速で、細やかな調整が可能な蓄電池等の新技術の導入が米国では積極的に検討されており、今後の市場拡大が見込まれます。

 

本事業では、東芝が蓄電システムの納入およびメンテナンスを担当し、RES社が変圧器等の補機の供給や据付、稼働時のシステム管理・操作・制御を行います。オハイオ州ハミルトン郡において2015年4月に着工し、2015年12月の運用開始を予定しています。東芝が保有するリチウムイオン電池製造に基づく技術力と、北米で7,700メガワットの再生可能エネルギー関連の開発実績(建設中含む)を持つRES社の開発・設計・建設能力および住友商事グループの再生可能エネルギーを含めた電力事業運営ノウハウを融合させ、今後、PJMを皮切りにテキサス州やカリフォルニア州などの潜在市場への参画も検討していきます。

住友商事グループは、再生可能エネルギー普及に伴い電力系統安定化のニーズがますます高まる中、蓄電池に着目し、事業会社であるフォーアールエナジーと協力して国内での実証事業を進めてきました。2013年に大阪市夢洲にて、2014年からは鹿児島県薩摩川内市甑島においてEVリユース蓄電池を使った実証事業に取り組んでいます。国内外での蓄電池運用を通じ、蓄電池システムの有効性を確認するとともに、発電事業者として米国で運営する既存発電所(風力、太陽光、ガス火力等)と蓄電池ビジネスとの将来的なシナジー創出の可能性も検討していきます。

RESグループは、過去32年にわたり世界で陸上・洋上風力、太陽光、蓄電、送電、需要管理等の再生可能エネルギーに関わる事業に取り組んでおり、これまでに約9ギガワットの再生可能エネルギー発電所等を開発・建設すると共に、1ギガワット超の発電所を管理・運営しています。日本においても、風力・太陽光をはじめとする各種再生可能エネルギーの開発から発電事業までを行い、今後はさらに蓄電・送電等の開発にも取り組む予定です。

 

(注1)米国を代表する地域送電機関の一つ。ペンシルバニア州など米国北東部13州を管轄し、域内の

総発電容量は約185,600メガワットと、日本の総発電容量約230,000メガワット(原発除く)に 

匹敵する。

 

(注2)発電所の運転計画や需要予想のズレ、再生可能エネルギーの出力変動等に起因する数秒から数分    

程度の需給ミスマッチ調整用の予備力を調達する市場

 

(注3)PJMから2秒ごとに発信される充放電指令に従い、充放電を行い電力需給を調整する事業。

     充放電指令に対するパフォーマンス実績に応じてPJMから対価が支払われる仕組み。

 

 

■参考資料①【本事業の概要】 

 

 事業内容  : PJM周波数調整市場における蓄電池を活用した電力需給調整サービスの提供

 事業主体  : Willey Battery Utility, LLC(住友商事グループ100パーセント)

 所在地   : 米国オハイオ州

 サプライヤー: 東芝(最大出力6メガワット/容量2メガワットアワーのコンテナ型蓄電システム)

         RES(補機・据付工事)

 O&M・入札 : RES  

 

【本件に関するお問い合わせ先】

住友商事株式会社     広報部  報道チーム  伊東/山脇   

RESジャパン株式会社          中野・小口       03-5148-7303   

 

■参考資料②【蓄電システム(外観・内観)イメージ写真】


PREFERRED BIDDER STATUS SECURED FOR SOUTH AFRICAN WIND FARM DEVELOPED BY RES

16 April 2015

  • Oyster Bay wind farm, a project majority-owned by Enel Green Power and developed by RES, has received preferred bidder status in the fourth round of South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme tender
  • The 142MW wind farm, located in the Eastern Cape, will be completed and enter into service in 2017
  • RES will continue to have an important role in the project’s development up to financial close, providing development services for the new owners, Enel Green Power

The South African Department of Energy issued letters to preferred bidders on Friday announcing the results for the fourth round of its Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Programme (REIPPP). Enel Green Power won energy supply contracts for three wind power projects, including the Oyster Bay project that had been developed by RES.

The 142MW Oyster Bay wind farm will comprise 43 turbines and generate in excess of 560GWh per year. The project will displace more than half a million tonnes of CO2 in each year of operation, making a dent in carbon emissions by offsetting the economy’s reliance on coal-fired generation.

Duncan Ayling, Development Director for RES Southern Africa, said:

“We are delighted that the Oyster Bay wind project has received preferred bidder status from the South African Department for Energy. Such high wind energy sites represent excellent value for money for South Africans and bring socio-economic benefits to the local community through job creation, enterprise development and community trust schemes.”

Oyster Bay will be majority-owned, built and operated by Enel Green Power, a leading European renewable energy power producer. Between now and financial close, RES will continue to support the project and deliver development services in cooperation with Enel Green Power.


RES Americas Enters Agreement to Transfer U.S. Offshore Wind Development Project to DONG Energy

7 April 2015

Broomfield, CO —RES America Developments Inc. (RES), a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), has reached an agreement to transfer to DONG Energy a U.S. offshore wind development project off the coast of Massachusetts.

On 29 January, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) held a commercial auction in the state of Massachusetts of offshore wind development projects with a capacity of approximately 4,000 MW. RES, one of the leading U.S. renewable energy developers with over 15 years of European offshore wind experience through its parent company, participated in the auction and secured a lease for Area OCS-A 0500, an area which could accommodate more than 1,000 MW to be built after 2020. RES has applied to the BOEM to transfer its rights to this area to DONG Energy.

In 2014, RES and DONG Energy agreed to cooperate on offshore wind projects in Massachusetts. Under that agreement, and subject to the approval of the BOEM, DONG Energy will take over the lease and lead project development activities, with support from RES Americas.

Glen Davis, CEO of RES Americas, stated “This project is a major undertaking that will help ISO-NE achieve its low carbon electricity generation objectives and create significant new investment in the region. DONG Energy is a market leader in the offshore sector and RES will be drawing upon our nearly 20 years of onshore wind experience in the U.S. together with our 15 years of European offshore wind experience to support this important new development.”.

Samuel Leupold, Executive Vice President of Wind Power at DONG Energy, stated “The U.S. is an interesting market for offshore wind with the potential to become a significant area for future development. We already have a number of post 2020 projects in our pipeline in North-Western Europe that we’ll continue to develop. With the takeover of the offshore wind development project in the U.S., we will broaden our geographical scope and follow the market potential outside of our current focus area."

The Lease Area to be transferred is 293.44 square miles, and is located approximately 56 miles from shore with water depths between 131 and164 feet.


Nordisk Vindkraft and Bergvik Skog in joint effort for renewable energy

23 February 2015

Swedish wind farm developer and forestry company sign cooperation agreement to develop wind power projects in middle Sweden.

This is a considerable joint effort where Bergvik Skog provides the opportunity to investigate land holdings for development of wind farms. The cooperation started early 2015 aiming at developing wind power projects until end of 2019.

As an initial phase land holdings on the Swedish east coast, in the Gävleborg and Uppland counties, will be investigated. The development process for gaining permit involves extensive investigations of local planning and environmental conditions along with the open consultation process prescribed by law.

The cooperation between Bergvik Skog and Nordisk Vindkraft will contribute to the Swedish target to obtain a low carbon future in harmony with the countries natural resources. Wind power today constitutes the cheapest electricity production in Sweden1. This cooperation effort will hence contribute to an economically sustainable energy system and independent electricity supply to the European market.

Bergvik Skog is one of Sweden’s largest forest owners. Holdings include over 2.3 million hectares of land in Sweden and roughly 0.1 million hectares in Latvia. Part of the business is to establish wind turbines on suitable land holdings in Sweden. Bergvik Skog also owns three tree nurseries producing, in total, approximately 55 million seedlings per year.

Nordisk Vindkraft has built and is currently building wind farms with a total capacity of more than 380 MW, which makes us the leading Scandinavian wind power developer. The company is part of the global group Renewable Energy Systems, RES Ltd., and provides development, construction, commercial and financial services, operation and maintenance to our clients’ and our own wind farms.


RES ANATOLIA REINFORCES ITS PRESENCE IN TURKEY BY WINNING AN 18,61 MW SOLAR POWER PLANT PROJECT

7 February 2015

RES Anatolia[i] is proud to announce that it has won the TEİAŞ SPP tender held on January 29th 2015, to receive the preliminary license for the 18.61 MW Küçükköy solar power plant, which will be developed in the Korkuteli province.

The aim was to win 18.61 MW out of the 29 MW available in Antalya, one of the regions targeted for the 2nd round of tender for preliminary license applications for solar energy based power plants and we are pleased to have reached this goal.

RES Anatolia has a total of 8 projects for a total of 205.5 MW in the pipeline for SPP preliminary license applications made in June 2013 and will therefore present other projects at the next tender, soon to be announced by TEİAŞ.

Thanks to this 18.61 MW Küçükköy SPP project capacity allocation, RES Anatolia has once again shown its expertise in project development and licensing.

Being the first solar plant for RES Anatolia in Turkey, the Antalya Küçükköy SPP project is also going to be the first solar investment for RES in Turkey after its US, Canadian, UK and French projects.

With an annual electricity production of around 38 GWh, the solar farm will produce enough electricity to supply the needs of 20,000 homes and will avoid the emission of 22,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, further contributing to our aim to help protect the environment.

For this project, RES Anatolia's aim is to work with as many Turkish suppliers as possible, to add additional value to the national economy.

Moving forward in the Turkish renewable energy market and with its global experience, RES Anatolia is looking to expand it solar and wind portfolio day by day. This new solar achievement is yet another step towards contributing to Turkey's 2023 energy goal and driving the transition to a low carbon future.


Ararat Wind Farm Awarded ACT Feed in Tariff

6 February 2015

The Ararat Wind Farm in Victoria has been selected to receive a 20 year Feed in Tariff (FIT) through a highly competitive reverse Wind Auction run by the Australian Capital Territory Government (ACT).

The Ararat Wind Farm comprises up to 75 turbines and is located outside the town of Ararat in Victoria. RES Australia has been developing the project since 2006 but the Federal Government’s review of the Renewable Energy Target meant plans to progress the project into construction during 2013/2014 were put on hold.

The award of the ACT FIT now means that a significant portion of the Ararat Wind Farm’s total output will be contracted to the ACT. This will provide significant long term investor security and it is expected that the project can now proceed into construction later in 2015.

The ACT Wind Auction is part of the ACT’s plans to source 90 per cent of its electricity needs from
renewables by 2020.

Matt Rebbeck, Chief Operating Officer of RES Australia said: “RES is very excited to be selected by the ACT for the FIT. The ACT Government is taking a lead role in encouraging the use of renewable energy, makingthe ACT one of the top places in Australia for renewables research, development and investment. The award of the FIT clearly proves Ararat Wind Farm to be an excellent and highly competitive project and will provide the ACT with long term value for money renewable electricity. The ACT FIT provides the cornerstone required to give long term certainty to investors and allow us to progress the project.”

The Ararat Wind Farm will deliver more than 230MW of clean, secure power and a range of commercial, community and employment benefits. For the immediate local community around the wind farm, the project will establish a local community fund which will inject up to $1.5m dollars in support of good causes over its lifetime and significant local opportunities and employment.

As part of the ACT proposal, RES is also committed to delivering outstanding benefits to the ACT region. RES is working in partnership with Windlab which will be managing the wind farm during its operational period. Windlab will continue to expand its Renewables Operations Hub in Canberra and recruit additional staff to manage operations. ACT based contractors and vendors will also be provided with opportunities to tender for work during the project’s design, construction and operational stages.

RES and Windlab will also be working on a number of education and skills projects with the Australian National University and the Canberra Institute of Technology to recruit and train graduates to better equip them for careers in renewable energy.


RES OFFSHORE WORKING WITH THE GLOSTEN ASSOCIATES ON PIONEERING FLOATING OFFSHORE WIND ETI DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

Seattle based marine architect, The Glosten Associates has recently appointed RES Offshore to provide expert support for its pioneering floating offshore wind turbine demonstrator project. This project will demonstrate Glosten's PelaStar tension leg platform (TLP) floating foundation system at the deep water Wave Hub demonstrator facility in Cornwall, UK. This Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) commissioned and funded project is focused on accelerating the development and deployment of floating foundation technology, a key technology that could unlock the potential of the UK's vast deepwater wind resource and attain the low cost of energy targets required for an economically sustainable industry. At present the project is in the Front End Engineering Design (FEED) stage, with a goal of construction and deployment of a 6 MW demonstration unit as early as 2015.

The ETI demonstration project will showcase key PelaStar floating foundation technologies including: the new five-arm design that enhances system reliability; synthetic fibre tendons developed primarily for optimal performance whilst minimising material and installation cost; and the integration of large, next-generation offshore wind turbines to maximise wind resource capture.

RES Offshore are providing a wide range of services to Glosten, including construction advice and operational strategy development, engineering design due diligence and turbine procurement management services. RES are working closely with project partner Alstom who are supplying their 6 MW Haliade wind turbine for this project.

Rosa Gindele, Project Engineer at RES says, "We're delighted to be working on such an innovative and ground-breaking project. This cooperation makes use of RES' unrivalled experience in the offshore sector, as well as our commitment to the innovative projects which push the industry forward. The full scope of work with Glosten showcases our experience in asset operations and maintenance, engineering design and construction management."

Chris Morgan, RES Offshore CEO says, "RES have always been at the forefront of technology development and deployment and we are pleased to have the opportunity to contribute towards this exciting and innovative project. Cost effective deployment of floating turbines will significantly increase the potential for renewable energy generation from deepwater sites and we look forward to supporting The Glosten Associates on this project."

William L. Hurley, Glosten's Chairman and Project Manager for the ETI Demonstration Project says, "We are very pleased to have RES Offshore involved in this exciting and potentially industry-changing project. RES offers unique experience and expertise in offshore wind that will enhance the execution of the project."


RES OFFSHORE WELCOMES THE SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE LINCS 270MW OFFSHORE WIND FARM

Centrica's 270MW Lincs offshore wind farm reached a key project completion milestone on 25th September when the wind farm achieved its final performance test. RES is delighted to see the project completed having originally secured the development rights to Lincs in 2003 on behalf of Centrica as a part of the Inner Dowsing development asset sale to Centrica in December of that year. Since that time RES have successfully consented the project and supported Centrica throughout the development, engineering and construction phases of this 75 turbine offshore wind farm.

RES Offshore have worked closely with Centrica in all phases of the project, taking the lead throughout the four-year consenting period and supporting project development during engineering, procurement and construction. As a part of Centrica's integrated delivery team RES have carried out a number of key project management and support roles involving 135 RES personnel from across the RES Group totalling 125,000 man-hours on activities ranging from environmental consenting through energy yield prediction, turbine selection, structural design, electrical design, submarine cabling, weather modelling and onshore and offshore construction management.

Chris Morgan RES Offshore CEO said:

"Having lived with this project for over 10 years, from first identifying the site through to playing a key role throughout consent, engineering and construction, the whole RES Offshore team are delighted to see the project in full operation - helping to deliver the UK's renewable energy targets and bringing investment and jobs to the UK. Congratulations to the Lincs joint venture - RES is proud of the part that we have played in the project and look forward to continuing to work closely with Centrica."

The Lincs wind farm is located 8 kilometres (5 miles) off the coast of Skegness and is a joint venture between Centrica Energy, DONG Energy and Siemens Project Ventures. Lincs is capable of producing enough clean renewable energy for over 200,000 homes - equivalent to around two thirds of the homes in Lincolnshire.

Project Milestones:

  • 2003: Submission to the Crown Estates for of a Round 2 agreement for lease
  • 2004: Project secured and development and consenting started
  • Oct 2005: Scoping document submitted
  • Jan 2007: Environmental Statement submitted
  • Oct 2008: Government consent granted
  • March 2010: Construction begins
  • July 2012: First Turbine erected
  • March 2013: Last of the 75 turbines erected
  • August 2013: Completion - full power

Chris Morgan, CEO of RES Offshore talks Windpower TV about its relationship with Centrica in constructing the 270MW Lincs offshore wind project:

Chris _morgan _Lincs _vid