September 14, 2023: Narada Power has completed the 200MW/400MWh first phase of a BESS facility in China, the company announced on September 8.
Narada said the lithium-based Leizhou BESS (see photo) is now ready to start operations as a shared facility to receive power generated from renewables around the region.
When complete, the BESS is set to have a total capacity of 600MW/1,200MWh, which Narada said will make it the largest such grid-connected facility of its kind in the region.
Technologies deployed for the BESS include advanced flame-retardant electrolyte, module-level short-circuit self-protection, and an aerospace-grade thermal barrier, Narada said.
The company will provide remote monitoring of the battery systems.
Narada said last month that while it is developing a range of lithium-based BESS projects, it is committed to ramping up its recycling of lead batteries as part of its corporate social responsibility commitments.
The company’s Huabo Technology subsidiary handles and uses about 1.2 million tonnes of waste lead batteries and lead-containing waste each year.
That allows the production of 590,000 tonnes of secondary lead annually, which can save 5.9 million tonnes of primary lead ore each year, Narada said.