Battery storage key to Malaysia’s renewable energy exports

MALAYSIA is positioning itself as a regional leader in the export of renewable energy (RE), and the key to achieving this ambition lies in the exploration and adoption of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS)

According to Gading Kencana Sdn Bhd’s MD Datuk (Dr.) Ir Guntor Tobeng (picture), BESS acts as a crucial bridge between integrated renewable energy generation projects, such as expansive solar farms.

He said these systems have the capacity to store excess energy generated during peak periods and subsequently release it during off-peak periods.

Guntor noted the pivotal role of BESS in future-proofing Malaysia’s power grids, citing several compelling reasons.

Firstly, BESS facilitates the seamless integration of renewable energy sources.

By effectively storing surplus energy generated during peak periods, it enables the provision of electricity during periods with reduced wind or sunlight, thereby bolstering the share of renewable energy in the nation’s power matrix.

Secondly, battery storage systems significantly enhance grid stability and reliability.

They serve as a buffering mechanism, adeptly absorbing excess energy and releasing it when required.

This functionality is instrumental in mitigating the natural fluctuations and intermittencies inherent to power grids.

Furthermore, Guntor underscored the modularity and scalability of these batteries, making them adaptable to diverse settings, whether urban or remote, within the ASEAN region.

Highlighting the prospects for cost reduction through technological advancements in battery storage systems, Guntor expressed optimism about making them more accessible for widespread adoption.

“To future-proof our grids effectively, a collaborative effort involving government, industry, and academia is indispensable,” he emphasised.

He stressed the importance of establishing a supportive regulatory framework, promoting research and development initiatives, and fostering public-private partnerships.

These steps would collectively accelerate the adoption of battery storage technologies throughout Malaysia and the broader ASEAN region.

Addressing the urgency of integrating large-scale renewable energy projects like Integrated RE and solar parks, Guntor positioned battery storage systems as the linchpin binding these projects together.

These systems store excess energy generated during peak periods and release it during low-production phases.

Moreover, as Malaysia and other ASEAN countries explore opportunities for exporting renewable energy, Guntor noted the indispensable role that battery storage systems play in balancing and ensuring the firmness of energy exports.

This is crucial to meet the stringent quality and reliability standards of importing countries.

Without robust energy storage solutions, the economic viability and technical feasibility of such export initiatives could face significant challenges.

Guntor further noted that the Energy Market Authority (EMA) of Singapore’s Request for Proposals (RFP) for energy imports necessitates the use of BESS to achieve a 0.75 load-factor.

This presents a compelling opportunity for Malaysian RE developers interested in participating in the Expression of Interest submission by December 2023.

“In summary, battery storage is not just an auxiliary component but a central element in both domestic and regional energy strategies, especially when considering large-scale renewable projects and energy export ambitions,” he added. – TMR / pic BERNAMA