ESNA 2019 Innovation Awards

The 7th annual Energy Storage North America Innovation Awards recognize excellence and impact in energy storage project development.

Scroll below to see the most geographically and technologically diverse group of Innovation Project Award Finalists ESNA has ever had!

2019 Innovation Award Finalists

MICROGRIDS

BELCO BESS
Hamilton, Bermuda

BELCO BESS

Hamilton, Bermuda

Rated Power: 10,000 kW
Rated Capacity: 5,000 kWh
Technology Type: Electrochemical
Company: Saft Batteries
Powered by: Saft: prime and battery systems; ABB: PCS and BESS control; Deltro: site management and installation
Services Provided: Frequency Response

In 2017, the Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO) issued a request for proposals for a 10 MW, 5 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to provide spinning reserve reduction and frequency response. This is the first utility scale battery system for the island and will save the customers money as the BESS reduces the fuel normally burned to ensure a high reliability of electric supply to the island.   Saft was ultimately selected and executed the turnkey project in less than one year from contract signing to commercial operation. Saft manufactured six (6) Intensium Max+ 20M medium power containerized battery systems and lead the project which included ABB inverters and the BESS control and communication system, and DELTRO provided site management and equipment installation.  The system has been in operation since April of 2019 and has exceeded expectations. The BESS has automatically provided spinning reserve until another generator could be started during several major under-frequency events.  Most importantly, the BESS has saved BELCO and their customers more than $200,000 per month in fuel costs and reduced carbon dioxide emissions by at least 400 tons per month.

Project Hashtag: #BELCO_ESNA
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Maya/Pemcorp
Monterrey, Mexico

Maya/Pemcorp

Monterrey, Mexico

Rated Power: 12,000 kW
Rated Capacity: 12,000 kWh
Technology Type: Electrochemical
Company: Plus Power, LLC / Arroyo Energy Group
Powered by: Powin, SMA, GE/Prolec
Services Provided: 

The largest battery in Mexico. Purchase order to fully online in less than 10 weeks!  This 12MW/12MWh system is islanded from the CFE Grid. Combined with a 7x Wartsilia reciprocating engines, this battery provides spinning reserve and frequency regulation on to support this 142MW 'microgrid'.  The combined system creates a hybridized thermal + battery system.  The battery listens to system frequency; in the event of an engine trip, the battery discharges to maintain system frequency.

Project Hashtag: #MAYA_ESNA
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More Info: https://www.arroyoenergygroup.com/project/pemcorp/

Nantucket Battery Energy Storage System
Nantucket, MA

Nantucket Battery Energy Storage System

Nantucket, MA

Rated Power: 6,000 kW
Rated Capacity: 48,000 kWh
Technology Type: Electrochemical
Company: National Grid
Powered by: Tesla Energy
Services Provided: 

We were faced with a challenge on how best to provide reliable service to Nantucket, about 30 miles off Massachusetts’s coast. The island experiences increased electricity demand during the summers and has some of the highest electricity growth in the northeast US. Served by two undersea cables and a small on-island back-up diesel generator. The existing on-island generation reached the end of life and the capacity is insufficient to meet the electricity needs. Traditional solutions included building a third undersea cable or increasing the diesel generation. Both options had several negatives, with the cable increasing the costs to serve significantly to a small subset of customers and the diesel increasing environmental emissions. Our solution was to move forward with an energy storage system on the island coupled with a smaller generation upgrade. In effect, we are significantly reducing the costs to reliably serve the island and decreasing the amount of emissions from diesel generation. This solution is innovative because it meets our customers evolving energy needs, while helping Massachusetts meet its state energy goals to advance energy storage within the state. This project will also be the largest deployment of energy storage in the northeast US.

Project Hashtag: #NATGRID_ESNA
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BEHIND-THE-METER

ChargeForward Plus
Mountain View, CA

ChargeForward Plus

Mountain View, CA

Rated Power: 4 systems @ 6 kW each
Rated Capacity: 4 systems @ 9.8 kWh
Technology Type: Electrochemical
Company: BMW of North America, LLC
Powered by: Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Olivine, Inc., SMA America, LG Chem
Services Provided: 

Customer energy assets can play a large role in supporting overall grid decarbonization. The ‘ChargeForward Plus’ Project, in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric, builds upon BMW’s ChargeForward pilot program which looks to manage the charging of BMW EVs for customer and electric utility grid benefits. A limited number of current BMW ChargeForward participants installed a home battery energy storage system alongside their EV resource at home. The EV’s and home battery’s charging are coordinated together for optimal customer and utility grid benefits. During the past 5 months, 4 different use cases were tested including excess supply, demand response, frequency regulation and energy arbitrage. The project helps customers save money by reducing energy usage during peak times and helps the electric grid decarbonize by offering either generation or load as needed to support grid reliability and renewable integration. Additionally, ChargeForward Plus households are learning the ways in which their distributed resources can play a role in grid reliability and resiliency.

Project Hashtag: #BMW_ESNA

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Viking Cold Solutions, Eversource Thermal Energy Storage Demand Management Program
Greater Boston, MA

Viking Cold Solutions, Eversource Thermal Energy Storage Demand Management Program

Greater Boston, MA

Rated Power: 1,300 kW
Rated Capacity: Varies
Technology Type: Thermal
Company: Viking Cold Solutions
Powered by: Eversource
Services Provided: peak demand reduction / demand shed / energy efficiency

In June 2019, Viking Cold Solutions completed the installation of eight Thermal Energy Storage (TES) systems as part of an Eversource demand management program in Massachusetts. These BTM TES systems store and facilitate management of approximately 1.3 MW of energy onsite, and do not require any additional real estate for the system components. Facilities that store food at low temperatures have the highest energy demand per cubic foot of any industrial electricity load. The cost of this energy has increased across the U.S., where demand charges can account for up to 70% of a consumer’s electricity bill. Oftentimes, during these periods of high demand, peaker plants must be brought online to support the grid. This project is unique because Viking Cold’s solution leverages the facilities’ existing refrigeration systems to store cold energy and discharge it over long periods of time (up to 13 hours) when it is most economical for the grid and the facility operator, thus lowering energy costs, increasing resiliency, and benefitting the environment. The Greater Boston Food Bank was the program’s first installation. The charitable organization has since seen a 75% reduction in energy consumption and a 76% reduction in demand during its four-hour peak demand period.

Project Hashtag: #EVERSOURCE_ESNA
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ConnectedSolutions
Waltham, MA

ConnectedSolutions

Waltham, MA

Rated Power: 1,860 kW
Rated Capacity: 4,640 kWh
Technology Type: 
Company: National Grid
Powered by: Tesla, Sunrun, Pika Energy, Solar Edge, Sonnen, EnergyHub
Services Provided: 

In June 2018, National Grid launched the nation’s first performance-based residential Bring Your Own Battery demand response program, ConnectedSolutions. This program provides battery owners across MA and RI with incentives ranging from $250-400/kW-year in exchange for providing unused capacity to support National Grid’s distribution network objectives. With the goal of enrolling 280 residential customers, the program is on track to provide a cumulative capacity of 1860kW/4,640kWh. Tesla, Sunrun, Pika Energy, Solar Edge, and Sonnen are the storage vendors integrated into the program through EnergyHub’s Mercury DERMS platform. This program was launched on the heels of order 17-146-A issued by The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities, which allows behind-the-meter solar plus storage to export excess electricity to the grid. The ability of batteries to provide daily, year-round flexibility serves National Grid’s primary objective -  to call events to prevent and manage summer and winter peaks. The scope of the program is expected to expand to support more batteries, classes of DERs, and network operations-driven use cases in the near future. This is the first behind-the-meter battery program that truly demonstrates the value of a customer-centric approach to grid and flexibility management.

Project Hashtag: ​#NATGRIDRESI
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FRONT-OF-METER

LADWP Beacon Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)
Cantil, CA

LADWP Beacon Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)

Cantil, CA

Rated Power: 20,000 kW
Rated Capacity: 10,000 kWh
Technology Type: Electrochemical
Company: Doosan GridTech; KTY Engineering; LADWP
Powered by: Sabre Industries; Samsung; SMA America
Services Provided: 

The Beacon Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project is the first grid scale BESS constructed for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). The 20 megawatt (MW), 10 megawatt-hour (MWh) BESS is helping with the integration of 795 MW of LADWP renewable solar and wind power generation assets connected to the Beacon Solar Plant AC Station and the Barren Ridge Switching Station. The BESS provides capability to offset reactive power issues, offsets delivery times for solar generated energy, regulates frequency response, and allows for controlled energy dispatch into the LADWP electrical transmission network. The Beacon BESS provides resiliency and reliability to LADWP’s electrical system grid, and allows for greater utilization of key renewable energy assets, that are connected to LADWP’s largest renewable energy corridor. The Beacon BESS reached commercial operation October 12, 2018 and is in-service. As renewable energy becomes an even larger share of LA’s total energy portfolio, BESS provides a carbon-free, clean energy solution integrating intermittent renewable energy, such as wind and solar power, onto the grid. It will also help avoid over-generation of solar, while ensuring LADWP continues to meet Federal and State grid reliability standards.

Project Hashtag: #LADWP_ESNA
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Hydrostor Goderich A-CAES Facility
Goderich, Ontario

Hydrostor Goderich A-CAES Facility

Goderich, Ontario

Rated Power: 1,750 kW
Rated Capacity: 15,000 kWh
Technology Type: Compressed Air
Company: Hydrostor
Powered by: IESO
Services Provided: Peaking Capacity, Peak Electricity Supply, Ancillary Services

The Goderich A-CAES Facility is a commercial energy storage plant, located in Goderich, Ontario, Canada which utilizes Hydrostor’s proprietary Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) technology, a long-duration, emissions-free energy storage solution. The facility is contracted by Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for peaking capacity, ancillary services, and full participation in the merchant energy market. The 1.75 MW peak output, 2.20 MW charge rating, and up to 15 MWh storage capacity plant (contracted to 7 MWh) is a utility-scale commercial application of the technology and the largest fuel-free (adiabatic) CAES system in the world, conforming to all interconnection, uptime, performance and dispatch requirements/standards as set out by the IESO. The facility, operational in September 2019, proves the ability of A-CAES technology to participate in an advanced electricity market and to provide a range of grid services, including clean, dispatchable capacity in support of enhanced system flexibility and resiliency.

Project Hashtag: #HYDROSTOR_ESNA
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KCE NY1
Saratoga Springs, NY

KCE NY1

Saratoga Springs, NY

Rated Power: 20,000 kW
Rated Capacity: 
Technology Type: Electrochemical
Company: Key Capture Energy
Powered by: NEC, NYISO, NYSEG, O'Connell Electric
Services Provided: Ancillary services

In the past year, New York State implemented a 3,000 MW energy storage target, an ambitious goal for a state that did not have a single utility-scale battery on the electric grid until March 2019. Key Capture Energy is a pioneer in New York and submitted the first interconnection requests for stand-alone, grid scale battery storage projects in 2017. The company has worked with NYISO on rules, as well as the overall New York clean energy stakeholder community, to help pave the way for storage as part of New York’s clean energy future. Key Capture Energy’s NY1 facility is a 20 megawatt battery storage project in Saratoga County, New York and is the largest lithium-ion battery storage project in the northeastern United States. KCE NY1 serves the New York transmission system by enhancing power grid performance and reliability, addressing the needs of advanced technology companies, and promoting economic and job growth in Saratoga County. The project focuses on the transformation that is taking place in energy generation and delivery: as more large-scale renewable energy projects come online, and intermittent resources are added to the energy mix, it is becoming increasingly important to find ways to keep the electrical grid stable.

Project Hashtag: #KCE_ESNA
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