UAE’s ADNOC has partnered with Germany’s Power I.D. to run a pilot on repurposed electric vehicle batteries to decarbonize its remote production operations and reduce costs.
The pilot will deploy electric vehicle batteries to create a large-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) in the United Arab Emirates with a power capacity of up to 2 MW within a single 20-foot storage container. Each container will be mobile to allow deployment in remote sites.
The system will not only reduce dependence on diesel generators to power remote drilling rigs but is also estimated to minimize carbon emissions of remote drilling rigs by up to 25% and decrease their energy expenditure by 50%.
The system includes 24 second-life electric vehicle batteries combined with silicon carbide convertors. Each system contains a combination of high-performance and high-energy cells to provide rig operators with dynamic and versatile power output. The systems also use disruptive liquid cooling technology to improve efficiency and lifespan, while an autonomous control system helps in optimal energy management.
To support the long-term development and deployment of BESS, ADNOC has established the UAE’s first Battery Center of Excellence at the ADNOC Research and Innovation Center (ADRIC) to lead research into new cell technologies and battery energy systems.
While ADNOC is decarbonizing and reducing the carbon intensity of its operations by 25% by 2030, it is also moving ahead with its goal of Net Zero by 2045. ADNOC’s decarbonization plan is supported by an initial allocation of $15 billion towards low-carbon solutions, new energies, and climate technologies.