San Miguel’s nationwide BESS network: A game-changer for the Philippines’ power grid

Conglomerate San Miguel Corporation (SMC), led by bilyonaryo Ramon S. Ang, has launched a nationwide battery energy storage systems (BESS) network in the Philippines with a total capacity of 1,000 megawatthours, positioning the country as a leader in the use of BESS technologies.

The inauguration was led by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. at SMC’s 90-MWh BESS facilities in Limay, Bataan, which are part of a network of 32 battery storage stations being built by SMC’s San Miguel Global Power (SMGP) across the country.

Ang, president and CEO of SMC, highlighted the importance of BESS in enabling stable and reliable power to reach remote areas, as well as integrating renewable energy sources into the grid.

BESS technology was pioneered in the Philippines by SMC’s Masinloc power facility in 2016, which introduced advanced lithium-ion battery technologies in Southeast Asia.

SMGP partnered with ABB Philippines, Fluence, and Wartsila as its engineering, procurement, and construction contractors, while Samsung provides the company with its advanced battery module technology that has no direct emissions in its operations.