The Solar Power Portal and Energy Storage News Awards 2018 is now just a matter of weeks away and our respective shortlists have been made public.

More than 70 projects and companies have been shortlisted across this year’s 15 public categories, with the winners set to be crowned during the gala dinner ceremony at the Hilton Metropole Birmingham on Wednesday 17 October 2018. 

This year’s ceremony will be hosted by esteemed architect and TV personality George Clarke, with around 600 industry professionals set to attend.

As we countdown to the ceremony, Solar Power Portal is to shine the spotlight on this year’s shortlisted nominations, and today we look at the International Storage Project of the Year category.

The shortlisted entries are;

  • Areza Maidma Hybrid Mini Grid – Solarcentury
  • Wuxi Singapore Industrial Park Smart Distribution Grid – Narada
  • St. Eustatius Hybrid System – SMA
  • Arizona Public Service – Fluence
  • Emergency Energy Storage Units for Kera Charity, Sri Lanka – Stortera

At 5.4MWh, the St. Eustatius Hybrid System is the largest lithium-ion battery storage system in the Caribbean, helping secure power for the island’s 4,000 inhabitants.

The hybrid system combines the storage battery with more than 4MW of utility-scale solar and developed in a two-phase approach. The second phase saw both the solar and battery storage capacities ramped up to their current totals and combined with SMA Sunny Central Storage 2200 battery inverters.

The finished project was successfully commissioned in November 2017, just before the island of St. Eustatius’ national day. But can the project overcome a packed field to win? All will be revealed on Wednesday 17 October at the Solar Power Portal and Energy Storage News Awards.

Tickets for the ceremony are available to purchase now, and include full access to the pre-ceremony drinks reception, black tie gala dinner, awards ceremony and evening entertainment. Tickets and table packages can be purchased online here or by contacting Sue Bradshaw.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available and include a VIP table for the evening. If you are interested in sponsoring a category at this year’s award, please contact our marketing team