NGK Insulators Ltd based in Nagoya, Japan, announced that it has won an order for NAS batteries for storing electrical energy for the Ministry of Energy of Mongolia. The order was received jointly with JGC Corporation, which is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and MCS International LLC, which is headquartered in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
The NAS batteries will be used in Mongolia's first solar power plant construction project with an adjoining battery energy storage system. The introduction of large-capacity NAS batteries alongside the solar power generation facilities will enable solar power-generated electricity to be used day or night. This capability will help to improve Mongolia's energy security and reduce the amount of its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. For further information see the IDTechEx report on Batteries for Stationary Energy Storage 2021-2031.
The solar power plant construction project with an adjoining battery energy storage system will be carried out as part of the Upscaling Renewable Energy Sector Project. This project seeks to expand the introduction of renewable energy in Mongolia, where air pollution has become a serious problem due to the country's reliance on coal-fired power generation for its electricity supply. The project will be funded by the Japan Fund for the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM), in addition to a loan from the ADB, as the project has adopted advanced low carbon technologies. The Japan Fund for the JCM was established at the ADB by the Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan.
NGK believes that the order for this project was won as a result of strong evaluations of NAS batteries' ability to offer a large capacity and long discharge time, along with NGK's extensive delivery and long-term operational track records; JGC's solar power plant design and construction track record and energy management proposal capabilities; and MCS International's construction track record. Going forward, NGK will continue to promote growth in orders for storage battery projects with adjoining renewable energy facilities in connection with the energy policies of various countries. In the process, NGK will realize a stable supply of renewable energy and contribute to measures to address climate change and the formation of a decarbonized society.
NAS batteries have a large capacity and can discharge for a long time, so they can be used in a wide range of applications. Notably, they are used to level out electric power loads, adjust supply/demand balances, stabilize renewable energy sources and as emergency backup power sources. NAS batteries have made a significant contribution to reducing the impact on the environment by, for example, conserving resources and energy. To date, NGK has installed NAS batteries in over 200 locations worldwide, with a total output of over 600,000 kilowatts (600 megawatts) and a total storage capacity of over 4.2 million kilowatt-hours (4,200 megawatt-hours).
Summary of order received for NAS batteries
Customer: Ministry of Energy, Mongolia
Installation site: Uliastai, Zavkhan Province, Mongolia (Approximately 1,100 km west of the capital Ulaanbaatar)
Rated output: 600 kilowatts (3 containerized NAS battery units)
Rated capacity: 3,600 kilowatt-hours
Applications: Stable supply of solar power
Start of operation: spring 2022
About NGK Insulators
NGK Insulators (NGK) is a leading company in the field of ceramics. Since its foundation in 1919, NGK has used its unique ceramic technology to provide numerous ground-breaking products that solve social issues. Today, NGK is active in more than 20 countries worldwide, with business foci including mobility, energy, IT and industry. As one of the largest manufacturers of ceramic substrates for automotive catalytic converters, NGK is actively reducing the strain on our global environment. Furthermore, NGK's products include the energy storage system "NAS" battery, in addition to the compact, thin and high-energy-density lithium-ion rechargeable "EnerCera" battery line, vital tools for sustainable energy infrastructure. Through providing innovative, high-quality products, NGK is committed to contributing to our society. In order to create a future where people can coexist with nature, we will continue to develop and provide products that support social infrastructure while preserving the environment.
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