A 200MW/400MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) has gone live in Ningxia, China, equipped with Hithium lithium iron phosphate (LFP) cells.
The manufacturer, established only three years ago in 2019 but already ramping up to a target of more than 135GWh of annual battery cell production capacity by 2025 for total investment value of about US$4.71 billion, announced the project’s commissioning.
The project was connected to the grid earlier this month, through a system integrator called ROBESTEC, about which little information appears publicly available. However, it is understood that although Hithium makes and provides complete BESS solutions as well as cells, in this case it was the cell supplier.
The facility stores energy at times of abundant generation from solar PV and wind, putting it into the grid during times of peak demand. It will also help regulate grid frequency.
At this year’s RE+ 2022 solar PV and energy storage trade show in California, Hithium launched its new 300Ah prismatic cell and a 46mm cylindrical cell, touting the prismatic cell’s capability to go through 12,000 cycles in its lifetime and to operate without capacity fade for the first three years of use. Those will be on the US market by Q1 2023.
Xiamen Hithium Energy Storage Technology, to give the company its full name, is one of a growing number of Chinese battery manufacturers making LFP cells and with products dedicated to the stationary BESS market.