Agência para o Investimento e Comércio Externo de Portugal


Graciosa Island in Portugal's Autonomous Region of the Azores last week inaugurated a hybrid renewable power system combining wind, solar and storage capacity.

The plant consists of 1 MW of solar, 4.5 MW of wind capacity and a 2.6-MW energy storage system. It will be monitored and operated with the help of an integrated energy management system by Finnish technology group Wartsila Corp (HEL:WRT1V). The latter said the island will now use up to 65 percent renewables, as compared to 15 percent before the facility was built, cutting demand for diesel fuel.


The hybrid project was developed by Portuguese project company Graciolica Lda, whose majority shareholder is Denmark-based Recharge A/S.


Wartsila has a software maintenance services agreement for a five-year period.