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Greensmith technology to bolster Azores’ microgrid

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Wartsila-owned Greensmith Energy is to deliver an energy management system for a Portuguese microgrid power facility on the Azores Islands.

Energy Business Review reports that the company will deliver an integrated energy management system based on its Greensmith Energy Management System (GEMS) software for Graciolica Lda’s microgrid power facility.

When completed, Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant will enable 1 MW of solar and 4.5 MW of wind power to be supplied to the local electricity grid, reducing the islands’ reliance on imported fossil fuels and significantly reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
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The Graciosa Hybrid Renewable Power Plant, located on the island of Graciosa in the northern part of the Azores, an autonomous region of Portugal, will combine solar and wind generation, together with energy storage using lithium-ion batteries supplied by Leclanché.

GEMS embodies intelligent energy applications that focus on monitoring and operating energy storage power plants and hybrid power plants formed by energy storage, thermal generation, wind and solar. GEMS, approved by Graciolica’s end client EDA, will balance the Graciosa power system to accommodate the inevitable fluctuations in output that are inherent to energy supplied from renewable sources, such as solar and wind.

“Our investment will help create a renewable energy asset that will deliver both economic and environmental benefits. This project represents the future direction of the global energy sector with an integrated power system combining renewables and energy storage. We appreciate Greensmith’s professionalism in providing the software needed to expand the functionality of the microgrid to create overall system reliability and performance,” said Scott Macaw, Director, Graciolica Lda.

Greensmith will also provide software maintenance services under a five-year agreement. The plant is expected to become fully operational in mid-2018.

Wärtsilä closed the acquisition of Greensmith Energy Management Systems Inc in July 2017. Greensmith is a leading energy storage integrator with over 150 MW deployed in North America. 

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