Meralco unit, South Korean firm team up for hybrid service

Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corp. (Miescor) has partnered with Seochang Electric Communication Co. Ltd. to establish an on-grid hybrid power service.

Both companies aim to develop a sustainable energy network by utilizing and optimizing used electric vehicle (EV) batteries that are suitable for local electric distribution facilities while determining ways to provide clean and reliable electricity service to communities.

The project includes a 50-kilowatt peak solar photovoltaic (PV) system and a 300-kilowatt-hour energy storage system (ESS) to serve a Gawad Kalinga community in Cavite. It is expected to benefit around 200 households in Barangay Huge Perez in Trece Martires City.

The project, which is being funded by a research grant from the Korea Institute of Energy Technology Evaluation and Planning, will power community street lights, multi-purpose hall, and development center. It will also serve as a potential energy source for EVs in the area.

Construction of the project is targeted to start in September. A performance evaluation and maintenance system will be conducted before full operations in the third quarter of 2023.

Based in Daegu, South Korea, Seochang specializes in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and the construction of various ESSs. It has been supplying watt-hour meters to Meralco for over 10 years.

Miescor, on the other hand, is engaged in engineering, procurement, and construction services across power infrastructure, renewable energy, electromechanical works, telecommunication infrastructure, and general construction projects.

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