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    Nala begins groundbreaking on a 25MW Belgian battery

    At Nyrstar’s zinc smelting complex in Balen, Nala Renewables has began construction on one of Belgium’s largest battery energy storage systems.

     

    The €30 million system, which has a capacity of 25MW and a four-hour run time, represents an investment of €30 million.

     

    The battery system is expected to be operational by the end of the year. It will improve the stability of the Belgian electrical system by assisting in the balance between renewable energy supply and demand.

     

    Trafigura, Nyrstar’s parent business, and IFM Investors have partnered to form Nala Renewables.

     

    Nala Renewables wants to help accelerate the transition to renewable energy by launching projects around the world with a total generating capacity of 4 GW that will be operational, under construction, or in late-stage development by 2025.

     

    The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Hilde Crevits, Deputy Minister-President of the Flemish Government and Flemish Minister for Economy, Innovation, Employment, Social Economy, Agriculture, and Sea Fisheries.

     

    Renewable energy and energy storage devices, she noted, are of “crucial importance” to the shift to sustainable energy.

     

    “That is why we, together with the Flemish government, are supporting this BESS project with €1m of Strategic Ecology Support (STRES).” Said Crevits.

     

    “With this super battery we are putting Flanders on the map in Europe.”

     

    Daniel Vanin, Nyrstar’s CEO said “We’re delighted to host this project for Nala Renewables,”.

     

    “Thanks to our expertise and facilities, we are already acting as a hotspot that can make the connection between generated green power and the Belgian grid.”

     

    “Nyrstar Balen runs almost entirely on electricity and the BESS fulfils our ambition to produce a completely ‘green zinc’ and to maintain our place at the top of our industry in terms of energy efficiency.”

     

    “Today’s sky-high electricity prices confirm this strategic choice.”