Engie is deploying three giant batteries in three different parts of Belgium. All facilities can provide electricity for up to four hours.
The French energy company said it will connect three large-scale batteries to the high-voltage grid at its own locations in the municipalities of Kallo, Drogenbos and Vilvoorde.
Engie is commissioning batteries with a combined capacity of 80 MW/320 MWh at the Drogenbos plant in the Flemish Brabant province of Belgium. It already uses 6 MW of battery capacity in the province.
Engie also plans to build a 100 MW/400 MWh storage facility in Kallo in East Flanders and a 200 MW/800 MWh facility in Vilvoorde in the Flemish province of Brabant.
Engie also currently has a 1,080 MW pumped storage facility in Belgium – the Coo-Trois-Ponts hydroelectric plant in Trois-Ponts, near Liege. “It played a central role in Belgium’s energy mix for more than 50 years,” the company said in a statement.
According to the latest statistics of the International Renewable Energy Agency, Belgium’s solar power capacity was 6.9 GW at the end of 2022. Its renewable energy electricity production capacity was a total of 13.0 GW.