Chile Begins Energy Storage Project

The Republic of Chile currently has an estimated population of 18.32 million people. In 2017, Chile’s power plants used fossil fuel (58%) and renewable energy (42%) to generate electricity. The country’s fossil fuel power plants primarily use coal and natural gas. Hydropower is the primary sources for renewable energy in Chile.

In May 2018, President Sebastián Piñera enacted “Chile’s Energy Roadmap,” a four-year plan that identifies seven strategic areas for energy sector: energy modernization, social approval, energy development, low emissions, sustainable transport, energy efficiency, energy education, and training. The roadmap included energy storage, which is essential to make intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar, reliable twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

AES Gener has broken ground on the Virtual Dam project in the San Jose de Maipo district of the Metropolitan Region of Chile. The project Dam integrates battery systems for energy storage to run-of-the-river hydroelectric power plants. The Virtual Dam will have 10 MW capacity and is being built next to the 178 MW Alfalfal I hydropower plant.

Outside of Santiago, wood is the primary fuel source in Chile. President Piñera’s “Chile’s Energy Roadmap” is designed to continue the country’s development using renewable energy. Energy storage is an essential component to make intermittent renewable energy sources like wind and solar, reliable twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

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