WEB Aruba – Flywheel project
On November 4th WEB Aruba N.V. organized the groundbreaking of their Flywheel project, a system that creates a buffer for sustainable energy. This Flywheel can absorb fluctuations from sustainable energy sources creating more stability in energy production and distribution, increasing the overall efficiency of the electrical grid.
Ministers Mike Eman and Mike de Meza where present at the groundbreaking, accompanied by CEO – COO of WEB Aruba N.V., Luis Oduber, Franklin Hoevertsz, managing director of Utilities Aruba N.V, Eric Murray, President and CEO of Temporal Power Ltd and several invitees.
Business Challenge: Achieving High Renewable Generation Reliance Reliably
In an effort to dramatically reduce their GHG output and increase energy self-sufficiency, WEB Aruba has committed to increase their reliance on renewable generation. Ensuring grid stability, which will be a hallmark of the tourist experience, while both generation and customer loads are increasing in variability is a complex challenge. This challenge is made all the more difficult since Aruba is working in parallel to reduce their emissions from fossil generation, the historic source of grid stability services.
Solution: Phased Deployment of Flywheel to Match Renewables Adoption
Aruba is installing a new Integrated Generation Management System (IGMS) which will optimize existing assets to maximize the use of renewable generation and optimize fuel efficiency from existing base load generation on the island, and leverage Temporal Power flywheels to provide immediate grid stability by systemically storing and injecting energy onto the grid to smooth out anomalies.
Rapidly responding, short-term storage and injection of energy allows WEB to set fossil generation for optimum efficiency and GHG emissions while maximizing their use of renewable generation and ensuring their customers aren’t impacted by the fluctuations usually experienced with renewable energy integration. The ability for flywheels to continually cycle with no degradation in performance is crucial to success of this strategy.