Belgium: Miris Project Europe's Largest Industrial Energy Storage Pilot Plant Inaugurated
CMI Energy, part of CMI Group, inaugurated the Miris (Micro Réseau Intégré Seraing) energy storage pilot plant consisting of energy storage and PV integrated with a microgrid.
Seraing/Belgium — The purpose of the full-scale pilot project is to demonstrate advanced integration of intermittent renewable energy resources with battery-based energy storage to produce a fully dispatchable renewable energy resource. Miris is located at the group’s international headquarters, located in Seraing (Belgium).
The project consists of renewable and energy storage systems. The renewable part includes a 2 MWp, 1.75 GWh/yr., photovoltaic system with 6,500 roof top and carport panels. The 4.2 MWh energy storage part consists of a lithium-ion battery system and two different flow battery systems. The technology showcase interconnects with the building’s electrical network and its DSO 15kV distribution service connection. The existing facility consumes approximately 1.3 GWh/yr.
According to the company, Miris will facilitate investigation of the interoperability of renewables and different energy storage technologies for a variety of user energy profiles, particularly with respect to renewable energy time shifting and energy resale to the grid. The plant will also enable evaluation of microgrid “islanding” operation, potential grid ancillary service opportunities, and the influence of user demand response.