Honeywell and DTEK to Build Grid-Scale Lithium-Ion Battery Storage System in Ukraine

To build the first grid-scale lithium-ion battery energy storage system, US equipment manufacturer and engineering solutions provider Honeywell and DTEK, Ukraine's largest private-sector energy company, have announced an agreement to launch Honeywell's Experion® Energy Program. According to foreign media reports.

Honeywell is a Fortune 100 technology company that delivers industry specific solutions that include aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings and industry; and performance materials globally. Their technologies help aircraft, buildings, manufacturing plants, supply chains, and workers become more connected to make our world smarter, safer, and more sustainable.

DТЕК is the largest private investor in Ukraine's energy sector. DTEK Group produces coal and natural gas, generates electricity at thermal, solar and wind power plants, distributes electricity, supplies electricity to end consumers, provides energy efficient solutions and develops a network of EV charging stations. In 2019, DTEK's capital investments totalled UAH 23 bln. Moreover, the company paid UAH 23.4 bln of taxes. DTEK employs 70 thousand people. The company is 100% owned by SCM Limited. Ultimate beneficial owner - Rinat Akhmetov.

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DTEK announced that it plans to deploy this battery energy storage project and will deploy a 1MW/1.5MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) in the Zaporizhzhya thermal power plant that the company is operating. The energy storage system will provide frequency control services for the local grid, and carry out energy arbitrage during periods of off-peak power demand, and discharge when power demand is high.

The project will help maintain Ukraine's energy system, enable the integration of renewables into the energy mix and decrease fossil fuel power generation. Moreover, the energy storage system will increase the flexibility of Ukraine's power grid and help pave the way for the country to join Europe's energy community (ENTSO-E) in the future.

Dmytro Sakharuk, general manager of DTEK, said at the press conference, "the battery energy storage system that balances grid operations is essential to the stable operation of the Ukrainian power system. The system will provide auxiliary services to the power system operator NPC Ukrenergo and guarantee operational safety and independence of the Ukrainian power system."

DTEK said that the deployment of energy storage systems is an important step towards determining the focus of decarbonization investment in the Ukrainian power sector, including gaining knowledge on how to deploy and expand battery energy storage systems. The company stated that the experience and knowledge gained from best practices will be shared with other stakeholders.

Although DTEK hopes to use the Honeywell's lithium-ion battery energy storage system to learn more about decarbonization, increase the flexibility of the grid, and improve the quality and stability of the grid, the current Ukraine’s regulations do not allow the energy storage system to be matched with renewable energy power generation facilities. However, the company said in a press release that it is considering the possibility of supporting deployment.