Innovative Flywheel Project Supports Aruba’s Move to 100% Renewable Energy
Oranjestad, Aruba, October 27, 2015 – WEB Aruba and Temporal Power today announced the signing of an agreement for the installation of a 5MW flywheel energy storage system on the island of Aruba. The installation is the first of its kind in Aruba and will support the country’s key initiatives in renewable energy.
Aruba has committed to a goal of being 100 percent renewable by 2020 and has made significant progress with wind, solar and waste to gas generation already installed. The flywheel storage will ensure greater flexibility and resilience to the grid while simultaneously decreasing the amount of fossil fuel burned as part of energy production.
“In our endeavor to create a sustainable society, the shift to a fully renewable grid is one of Aruba’s top priorities. To meet this goal, we will need to continue our leading thinking at WEB and leverage innovative technologies like Temporal Power’s flywheels,” said Mike Eman, Prime Minister of Aruba.
The 5MW storage project is expected to be phase one of a two-phase project. Phase two is expected to add another 5MW of storage when the next wind farm comes on line in Aruba some time in 2017. By staging the addition of energy storage with the increasing penetration of renewable energy, WEB will be able to maintain high quality electrical service to its customers while also decreasing the island’s reliance on costly and environmentally harmful fossil fuels.
“Temporal’s flywheel storage technology is ideally suited to our needs on Aruba. The technology is made from recycled steel with no toxic chemicals or disposal issues and is able to meet the demands of the Aruban grid without any degradation over its 20 year design life,” said Luis Oduber, WEB Aruba’s interim Managing Director.
“Aruba is a global leader in their conversion to a sustainable energy system. Temporal Power is excited to have such a good partner to work with on a project which will help demonstrate globally that sustainable energy systems can be achieved economically and reliably” said Eric Murray, CEO of Temporal Power adding, “This excellent example of Ontario’s leadership and support for energy storage is turning into collaboration opportunities that positively impact quality of life and the environment.”
About WEB Aruba
From desalinating water since 1932 to producing energy for the island of Aruba from 1958 until today, Water and Energy Company WEB Aruba has undergone many changes in order to meet the needs of the Aruban community. WEB Aruba is actively working towards a future which is less dependent on fossil fuels and that has a minimal impact on our environment. “We envision a Cleaner, Greener and Fuel Oil Free water and power production by 2020.” For more information: www.webaruba.com
About Temporal Power Ltd.
Temporal Power is a Canadian-based and privately owned company that designs, manufactures and deploys high-performance energy storage systems around the world. The Temporal Power system uses an all-steel flywheel in combination with magnetic bearings; positioning it as the highest energy flywheel in the world. Temporal Power flywheels are used to improve power quality and lower costs by more accurately balancing energy on power systems. Today, Temporal Power, partnering with world leading equipment and engineering firms, is deploying megawatt scale systems and is supported by major investors such as Enbridge Inc. and Northwater Capital Management Inc.