Eneco, an energy supplier, has announced its plans to build a 50-megawatt battery power plant in Ville-sur-Haine (Hainaut), a town in the Walloon region.

The project aims to enhance the region's energy infrastructure and contribute to grid stability.

The battery plant will consist of 53 Tesla Megapacks, with a combined power capacity of 50 megawatts and a storage capacity of 200 megawatt hours. This state-of-the-art facility will be capable of supplying power to the grid for a duration of 4 hours.

Eneco's investment in this project is estimated to range from 80 to 90 million euros. The battery plant is expected to have a lifespan of approximately 20 years and marks Eneco's first venture of this kind in Belgium. The company already operates a 48-megawatt battery power plant in Jardelund, Germany.

Battery power plants play a crucial role in balancing the electricity grid during periods of low solar or wind energy production. Eneco explains that these plants are charged when renewable energy sources, such as the sun and wind, are abundant, particularly during sunny afternoons. Later, during the evening when energy demands are high, the stored power is released back into the grid.

The battery plant will be connected to the high-voltage grid and is expected to be operational by the end of the following year. Eneco has obtained the necessary permits, ordered the batteries, and initiated preparatory study works.

Eneco has also committed to making additional investments in battery parks, although specific plans have not yet been disclosed. Photo by Frank32 at nl.wikipedia.