March 25, 2021: Exide Technologies on March 25 said it had gone live with a solar plus storage installation at a Portuguese battery production facility at Castanheira do Ribatejo, where solar generation will be stored by 500kWh of Exide’s Sonnenschein A600 gel batteries.
The installation follows another last year in Azambuja, just 18 miles away, at a battery recycling facility. This brings the total energy capacity across the two sites to 4.5MW. Approval for both installations was agreed in a deal signed in April 2019.
The combined capacity would be enough for 1,500 homes, said energy company EDP Group, which designed and delivered both projects, although it will not be enough to provide all of the electricity consumed by the two plants.
The firms say the Castanheira plant is one of the largest installations of its kind, ‘and shows what can be achieved by combining solar with high-performance energy storage technology’.
“More companies will rely on storage-backed self-generated power in the years ahead, and we are excited to be at the forefront of this trend,” said Exide CEO and president Stefan Stübing.