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/LONDON, February 8, 2024, 10:00 GMT, RENEWABLE MARKET WATCHTM/ The Ministry of Energy in Romania has announced the relaunch of a competitive call for tender for battery storage projects. The objective of the call is to put into operation a minimum of 240 MW of electricity storage in batteries, which equals 480 MWh, by June 30, 2026. The aim is to contribute to Romania's National Recovery and Resilience Plan (NRRP) objectives. The call for tender is now open until March 21, 2024. The Ministry's announcement on February 8 stated that the battery energy storage system (BESS) facilities would have a duration of two hours and would be used for the grid integration of renewable energy. The Ministry has issued a technical guide for selection criteria, which includes funding for equipment, installation, and construction of BESS.

Bidders have until midnight on March 21,2024, to respond to the call. The total funding available for the BESS projects is €79.6 million (or US$85.7 million). This call for tender has been relaunched after an initial launch in 2023, which was expected to select projects by the end of 2023. The original call had been for around 620 MWh or more storage, as the Ministry of Energy announced in November 2022.

The European Union (EU), through the bloc’s recovery and resilience planning facilities, enabled the funding for this call. The NRRP of Romania was approved in November 2023, with a revised version emphasising clean energy technologies and green economic transition. This new version brought the clean energy funding requests from 41 per cent to 44.1 per cent and aligned it with the REPowerEU scheme for energy independence and clean energy transition.

The Ministry of Energy has recently announced a call for proposals to support Romania's battery and solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing sectors, worth €199 million and funded through the NRRP. Of this sum, €149.25 million has been allocated for new battery production, assembly, and recycling facilities, with a target of at least 2GW of annual production, recycling, or assembly of batteries by 2026.

The production could include any combination of electrode or electrode component production, including recycling, assembly of electrodes in batteries, and testing and conditioning of batteries, focusing on recycling. The remaining €49.75 million is earmarked for new solar PV cell and modules (panels) production, assembly and recycling capacity to at least 200MW per year by the middle of 2026.

Companies of any size with appropriate experience in materials recycling, battery and accumulator manufacturing, and manufacture of other electrical equipment can apply for the call as long as they meet the European Union's CAEN codes for classifying economic activities. The proposals could include any combination of polysilicon, wafer production, assembly of finished cells and modules, and recycling.

History of Solar Market Development in Romania

By the end of 2011, the country had approximately 3MW installed capacity, by the end of 2012, this capacity increased fourteenfold to approximately 42MW, and with a more than thirty-fold explosive growth, cumulative installed capacity reached 1,293MW (1.29GW) by the end of 2014. However, solar photovoltaic market growth in Romania between 2015 and 2020 was moderate, with only 97MW newly installed capacity in this period. The Renewable Market Watch™ registered that after a 7-year stagnation in the solar power market in Romania since 2021, the activity in the solar energy sector increased, and the number of photovoltaic projects under development and construction is promptly increasing. According to the latest market data, the Romanian solar PV market added more than 1 GW of newly installed capacity and scored a remarkable 308 % increase compared to the previous year's growth. Thus, Romania reached a cumulative solar capacity of 2.9 GW at the end of 2023.

Romania Solar Resource Potential

Romania has very good solar resource potential as the geographical location is favourable for utilising solar energy. Romania is located in an area with a solar potential of 210 sunny days per year and with an annual solar energy flux between 1,000 kWh/m²/year and 1,300 kWh/m²/year. From this total amount, around 600 to 800 kWh/m²/year is technically feasible.

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Chart 1: Solar Resource Map of Romania; Sources: World Bank Group, ESMAP, SolarGis

According to the study of the Faculty of Energy Engineering at the University of Oradea in the South of Romania, the yearly solar radiation is 1450 ÷ 1750 kWh / m², being the best value for solar installations. The values greater than 1450 kWh/m² are in Oltenia, Muntenia, and the South of Moldova. The most important solar regions of Romania are the Black Sea coast, Dobrogea, and Oltenia, with an average of 1,600 kWh/m²/year.

Future Market Trend

The Romanian solar energy market is expected to be heading toward the expansion phase by 2033. Factors propelling the market growth include concerns regarding the environmental impacts of fossil fuels, such as degradation, greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), severe climate change conditions, and others. Also, rapid urbanization and economic growth in the largest Romanian cities are significant factors driving the solar energy market. The military conflict in Ukraine has impacted the power market (including the solar photovoltaic sector) in Romania, but we remain optimistic about the future solar energy development in the country by 2033.

For more information about the solar power market in Romania, including full contact details of solar project owners and developers, you may read here: Romania Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Power Market Outlook 2024÷2033  

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