Saft selected for lithium-ion battery storage system in California

French battery specialist Saft has been selected to provide its Intensium Max lithium-ion (Li-ion) containerized energy storage system to a power facility in California.

The technology was selected by Skylar Resources to provide black-start capability at the Grandview Substation in Glendale, California.

The new battery energy storage system (BESS) will also enable local generators to be started in the event of an unplanned outage.

With near-instantaneous ability to respond to changes in load on the transmission network, this scalable project will enable Glendale Water & Power (GWP) to adjust the system accordingly for future energy needs, enhancing Glendale’s electric reliability. à‚ The BESS is also designed to support integration of renewable resources, compensating for their inherent variability.

“Reliable power is crucial for municipal utility systems who have to deliver essential resources to consumers daily,” said Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager for Saft. “Today’s power trends mean we have to manage our transmission grids effectively,” he added. “Saft’s customized Li-ion solution provides GWP flexibility for the future, while enhancing stability, reliability and capacity of its transmission system.”

Energy Business Review reports that it is estimated that the energy storage market in the US alone will increase to $2.5bn by 2022. Globally, 2016 broke records for energy storage deployments, and researchers anticipate the market will grow nearly 50 per cent in 2017.

Intensium Max+ 20M batteries are manufactured in Saft’s Jacksonville facility.

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