Warehouses De Pauw plans €80 million battery park in Genk

The listed group Warehouses De Pauw (WDP) plans to build a battery park in the Genk-Zuid industrial zone. The investment can amount to 50 to 80 million euros. The company aims for 2028 for commissioning.

The project should help balance the power grid now that more energy is generated with solar panels and wind turbines. When there is a surplus of wind or solar energy, such batteries can be charged, and when it is dark and there is no wind, the power can be fed to the grid.

Daily consumption of 24,000 families

WDP’s project will be located along the Albert Canal between the Westerring and the lock complex in Genk, where the warehouse rental company recently started constructing a European distribution center for paint manufacturer Rust-Oleum. The park will be near a high-voltage station operated by grid operator Elia on the former Langerlo power station site.

The company wants to install 96 battery containers with a capacity of 60 MW. The battery park can store or send electricity to the grid for up to four hours. This corresponds to a storage capacity of 240 megawatt hours or the average daily consumption of 24,000 families.


Therefore, the project is larger than the largest operational parks in our country (100-megawatt hours) but smaller than some mega parks companies such as Giga Storage (2,400 MWh), Engie Electrabel (800 MWh), or Storm (800MWh) are developing in Belgium.

WDP’s project is not the first of its kind in the Limburg province. Several other projects are being constructed and developed by traditional energy companies, green energy producers, and specialized developers in Limburg.


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