Siden opførelsen af verdens første havvindprojekt for 30 år siden ud for Danmarks kyst har ingen andre virksomheder spillet en større rolle i udviklingen af denne teknologi til en konkurrencedygtig form for energiproduktion. Ørsted cementerer sin position på nye havvindmarkeder som USA og Taiwan og det danske selskab fokuserer nu også på en ny mulighed: Nordamerikas solrige himmel.
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As of today, Ørsted has not completed a major solar project anywhere in the world, and it has just a single battery project in the U.K. to its name. Fast-forward a year, however, and things will look very different.
Ørsted is currently building two huge solar arrays in Texas and Alabama, totaling nearly 700 megawatts. Particularly striking is the 460-megawatt Permian Energy Center in West Texas, which will sell its solar power to ExxonMobil and includes a 40-megawatt battery system.
If its 2021 construction schedule holds, Ørsted will catapult into the upper echelon of U.S. PV developers in terms of capacity built in a single year, joining the ranks of heavyweights like First Solar and NextEra Energy. Whether Ørsted can sustain its solar pipeline at anything approaching that level remains to be seen, however.
“Solar is the fastest-growing power generation technology in the world,” Vishal Kapadia, chief financial officer of Ørsted’s onshore business, said in an interview. Going forward, the company’s investments will spread across a “regionally and technologically diverse pipeline.”
Ørsted’s push into solar has already accelerated its role as an energy storage developer, and that is likely to continue. “Given [solar’s] generation shape, it pairs well with storage, and that lends itself to opportunities as well,” Kapadia said.
Is it overstepping to assume that most new onshore renewables projects will eventually include energy storage?
In the near term, yes, Kapadia said. “But over the longer term, I don’t think that’s an unfair statement.”