With the global energy storage system market expected to reach $17.9 billion by 2027 1 , battery energy storage systems (BESS) are emerging as the strongest solution to increase grid flexibility and reliability.
With rapid growth rates of 31.4 percent CAGR by 2027 1 projected, countries around the world are increasingly
switching to BESS to drive greater grid reliability and broader adoption of renewable energy sources. Battery
energy storage systems are particularly suitable for regions that are impacted by grid instability, such as the
To help improve grid performance in the country, SMC Global Power Holdings Corp. (SMC), one of the major
suppliers of power to the national grid in the Philippines, has partnered with ABB to install BESS facilities as
part of its nationwide BESS Project, the region’s largest BESS project. As part of a multi-million-dollar contract
won in 2019, ABB will support two 20MW sites which will be installed by June 2021, with a further 40MW site in
July 2021. The remaining sites will be completed in 2022.
Alessandro Palin, President of ABB's Distribution Solutions Division explains: “Battery energy storage systems
are transforming the market, driving wider adoption of renewable energy solutions, and helping to improve grid
performance across the globe. In support of ABB’s 2030 sustainability commitments, pioneering solutions like
the one in the Philippines will ensure that grids are more stable and will satisfy the reliability challenges
associated with moving to a stronger mix of renewables.”
This project will support the Philippines’ ambitious plans to build a more sustainable future for its communities,
by decarbonizing energy generation and ensuring that 54 percent of its energy mix comes from renewables by
2040 2 (a sizeable increase from 29 percent of renewables in 2019).
To meet these targets, the country faces several challenges to ensure grid stability, including the length of
power lines required to connect the diverse archipelago, as well as intermittent energy supply from wind and
solar, which needs storage to act as a frequency regulator.
ABB has provided a packaged BESS solution to strengthen the reliability and stability of the local grid on
Luzon, the largest and most populous island in the archipelago, and the island of Visayas. Both these fast-
developing regions will benefit from BESS as part of the government’s ‘Build, build, build’ program that aims to
establish a ‘golden age of infrastructure’ to boost industry and tourism.
The solution is designed to avoid large frequency deviations which can result in costly equipment damage and
disruptive power system failure.
The Philippines project uses ABB’s proprietary software platform ABB Ability™ Zenon to act as the intuitive
interface to the BESS, allowing users to make real time decisions based on grid parameters to ensure
To satisfy the complicated needs of the scheme and ensure easy and quick installation, ABB developed a
complete solution that uses standardized building blocks that are scalable and modular. The building block
ABB SUPPLIES SOUTHEAST ASIA’S LARGEST BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEM 2/2
designs include an integrated combination of Energy Storage Modules and power distribution equipment, that
can be increased or reduced in capacity to suit specific site location requirements.
The BESS includes the provision of battery enclosures, ABB EcoFlex eHouse, UniGear ZS1 medium-voltage
switchgear, integrated skid units, transformers and inverters in one single skid, with a connection to the grid.
Installation and energization periods were reduced by up to 30 percent, as all equipment was delivered fully
integrated and pretested before arriving on site. Adopting this philosophy also ensured a reduction in site works
and associated costs for the customer.
Palin concludes: “By combining the knowledge of our Packaging and Solutions Global Execution team, based
in Manila, with the local grid knowledge of the SMC team, we are proud to support the most ambitious BESS
project in South East Asia.”
ABB plans to use learnings from these installations to implement further high-profile BESS projects across the
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