Stationary battery manufacturer Hithium and solar power project EPC provider Solarpro announced a strategic partnership, with the first project to be implemented in Bulgaria. Industry sources added that Hithium has agreed to supply battery products to a 55MWh energy storage project for which SolarPro is providing turnkey EPC services.
Industry sources further add that this latest facility will also aid in a solar power installation in Razrog, a town in southwest Bulgaria. Construction of the new facility is scheduled to begin in 2024 and will already be the largest battery energy storage system (BESS) project undertaken in Southeastern Europe.
“As local utility-scale solar generation proliferates, energy storage is becoming increasingly important as it enables a more reliable supply of solar energy,” said Krasen Mateev, CEO of SolarPro. “We are very pleased to take this step with Histhium to accelerate the growth of energy storage in Eastern Europe. We have spent the last few months preparing our joint solution, We are committed to leading the energy transition by adding new technologies to our product portfolio.”
Ning (Kelson) Li, Large BESS Project Director for Central, Northern, and Eastern Europe at Hithium, stated: “SolarPro is an experienced European partner in the field of renewable energy and battery storage systems. We are proud to work with SolarPro to break ground on the BESS power plant in Razlog. It represents our entry into the Eastern European market and perfectly reflects the contribution we seek to make to the region by expanding energy storage to stabilize the supply of clean energy.”
Hithium will supply 16 energy storage containers with a capacity of 3,44MWh, based on its 280Ah cells with an extremely long expected lifespan. It also features a wide operating temperature range, and we expect this new energy storage project to be able to run uninterrupted even in adverse weather conditions.
Additionally, multi-stage active fire protection system, Hithium’s containers achieve high thermal stability with liquid rather than air cooling, which also allows for space savings and increased product energy density.
The owner of BESS will be a subsidiary of Vienna-based Renalfa IPP. The investor decided to install a large battery within an existing 33MWp solar power plant. The solar power plant will be equipped with a photovoltaic tracker installation system, which together with a dedicated substation will increase the efficiency and output of the equipment. The area where the power plant is located has one of the highest levels of solar radiation in Bulgaria, resulting in a very high power output.