ESNA Conference and Exhibition | November 6-8, 2018 in Pasadena, California

2017 ESNA Innovation Awards

The 5th annual Energy Storage North America Innovation Awards recognized excellence and impact in energy storage project development.

We had eight project finalists that demonstrate outstanding achievements across two categories: Centralized Storage and Distributed Storage. Finalists were selected based on the project’s impact on the energy storage ecosystem, services supplied to customers and the grid, and unique technology application.

2018 Innovation Award Nominees

MOBILITY

ZapGo Inc, Electric Vehicle Charging at 1MW: #ESNA_ZapGo
Charlotte, NC

ZapGo Inc, Electric Vehicle Charging at 1MW: #ESNA_ZapGo

Charlotte, NC

Rated Power: 1000
Rated Capacity: 1000
Technology Type: Array
Company: ZapGo Inc.
Powered by: ZapGo Inc.
Services Provided: Renewable Energy Integration, Frequency Regulation, Onsite Renewable Energy Shifting, Transportation Services, Others

Gasoline and diesel vehicles can be refueled in 5 minutes, and then travel 300 miles or more. ZapGo has developed new energy storage technology capable of delivering the same driver experience in an EV, but without the need to upgrade grid infrastructure. New vehicles such as the Porsche Taycan can now charge at 350kW, 3x faster than the current Tesla superchargers. New electric trucks and buses will require 1MW chargers. The ZapGo system originally developed in Oxford, UK buffers the grid off peak and then discharges through ABB high-rate DC chargers hundreds of times faster than conventional batteries to provide this rapid rate of charge. As the system contains no lithium or cobalt, it is low cost to produce and carries no fire risk. The system has a long life, an estimated 100,000 charge discharge cycles and can be amortized over 30 years. At the end of life, the energy storage can be recycled. The new system is being developed in conjunction with University of North Carolina (UNCC Epic), Duke Energy, Parker-Hannifin and ABB.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GrFYpQ2u5yY

Voting Hashtag: #ESNA_ZapGo

More Info: https://twitter.com/EnergyStorageNA

Nuvve Corporation, INVENT (Intelligent Electric Vehicle Integration): #ESNA_Nuvve
La Jolla, CA

Nuvve Corporation, INVENT (Intelligent Electric Vehicle Integration): #ESNA_Nuvve

La Jolla, CA

Rated Power: 54 kW bi-directional, 54 kW uni-directional (first phase)
Rated Capacity: 222 kWh (first phase)
Technology Type: Array
Company: Nuvve Corporation
Powered by: Nuvve Corporation
Services Provided: Renewable Energy Integration, Frequency Regulation, Onsite Renewable Energy Shifting, Transportation Services, Others

The main customer of the INVENT project at the time of writing is the University of California, San Diego. Additional customers will be added in subsequent phases of the project. Please see below for a testimonial from Bryon Washom, UC San Diego Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives: “Out of the 146 Level II EV chargers installed at UC San Diego, I regard the Nuvve V2G and VGI demonstration projects as the highest potential for making a significant impact on national and international efforts in electric storage mobility. I fully concur with the recent LBNL findings (http://iopscience.iop.org/article/10.1088/1748-9326/aabe97/meta) of the parallel renewable energy and energy storage mandates can provide an untapped synergistic opportunity for clean transportation to be an enabler for a clean electricity grid. LBNL forecasted the hourly system-wide balancing problems arising out to 2025 as more renewables are deployed were then quantified with the system-wide balancing benefits from EVs modulating the charging or discharging of their batteries to mitigate renewable intermittency, without compromising the mobility needs of drivers. LBNL showed that with its EV deployment target and with only one-way charging control of EVs, California can achieve much of the same benefit of its Storage Mandate for mitigating renewable intermittency, but at a small fraction of the cost. Moreover, EVs provide many times these benefits if V2G charging control becomes widely available. Thus, EVs support the CA's renewable integration targets while avoiding much of the tremendous capital investment of stationary storage that can instead be applied towards further deployment of clean vehicles."

Voting Twitter Hashtag: #ESNA_Nuvve

More Info: https://twitter.com/EnergyStorageNA

Eberspaecher Controls, Energy Storage Control Module for Cadillac CT6 SuperCruise Level 3 Autonomous: #ESNA_EC
Brighton, MI

Eberspaecher Controls, Energy Storage Control Module for Cadillac CT6 SuperCruise Level 3 Autonomous: #ESNA_EC

Brighton, MI

Rated Power: Peak Power= 1.2kW; 85A @11V @ 5 secs= 4675 Joule
Rated Capacity: 4.5 Wh on 12V boardnet
Technology Type: Array
Company: Eberspaecher Controls
Powered by: Eberspaecher Controls
Services Provided: Transportation Services

The ESCM (Energy Storage Control Module) is a solution in production for the vehicle transportation sector. In this case of Level 3 Autonomous driving, the ESCM provides up to 5 seconds of redundant power supply to a critical portion of the vehicle electrical system in the cause of a fault. In addition, the ESCM disconnects the critical portion of the electrical system from the main electrical system. Furthermore, the ESCM stabilizes the entire vehicle electrical system from voltage peaks via a snubber.

Voting Twitter Hashtag: #ESNA_EC

More Info: https://twitter.com/EnergyStorageNA

BEHIND-THE-METER

Viridity Energy Solutions, Inc., Atlantic County Utility Authority (ACUA) Battery Storage Project: #ESNA_Viridity
Atlantic City, NJ

Viridity Energy Solutions, Inc., Atlantic County Utility Authority (ACUA) Battery Storage Project: #ESNA_Viridity

Atlantic City, NJ

Rated Power: 1000
Rated Capacity: 1000
Technology Type: Array
Company: Viridity Energy Solutions, Inc.
Powered by: Viridity Energy Solutions, Inc.
Services Provided: Electric Bill Management, Renewable Energy Integration, Frequency Regulation Resiliency

The Atlantic County Utility Authority (ACUA) Battery Storage Project with Viridity Energy is a one-megawatt, one-megawatt hour renewable energy storage battery located at ACUA's Wastewater Treatment Facility in Atlantic City, NJ. It is the first public renewable energy storage battery to become operational in New Jersey. This project will improve the overall health of the grid by reducing pressure off of it by utilizing stored excess energy from other renewable energy projects on site and by providing energy to the grid during times of high demand. Overall this project reduces energy costs and generates revenue from the PJM energy markets, at no cost to ACUA. ACUA's two problems in the past, which are no longer present, were their lack of resilience during extreme weather conditions and excess energy being wasted from their renewable energy resources. Viridity’s market leading Battery Storage as a Service (BSAAS) solution combines an advanced, fully integrated battery energy storage system with Viridity’s VPowerTM energy management software, giveing ACUA the ability to continuously operate and provide critical water treatment services to their customers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adweJaKvavE

Voting Hashtag: #ESNA_Viridity

More Info: https://twitter.com/EnergyStorageNA

Stem, Stem Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Powered Energy Storage at StubHub Center: #ESNA_Stem
Carson, CA

Stem, Stem Artificial Intelligence (AI)-Powered Energy Storage at StubHub Center: #ESNA_Stem

Carson, CA

Rated Power: 1000
Rated Capacity: 2000
Technology Type: Array
Company: Stem
Powered by: Stem
Services Provided: Electric Bill Management, Renewable Energy Integration, Resiliency, Others

The StubHub Center is a state-of-the-art stadium in Carson, California owned and operated by AEG Worldwide. In January 2017, the StubHub Center activated a 2 MWh Artificial Intelligence (AI)-powered energy storage system from Stem. The system reduces onsite demand charges, automatically adapts to changing rate structures, and generates demand response revenue by responding to Critical Peak Pricing events that support grid reliability. The system operates invisibly, optimizing the timing of energy use without any staff involvement or operational disruption. AEG pursued energy storage to proactively adapt to constantly changing energy use and prices. As a stadium serving the public, StubHub Center does not have the flexibility to reschedule operations to avoid peak electricity prices. Before deploying storage, AEG had to buy electricity at the exact time it was needed, even if prices were 10X more expensive than earlier in the day. Now, with Stem’s solution, AEG can buy electricity when it’s cheaper and use it later, reducing time-based energy costs and minimizing exposure to changing rate structures. The StubHub system is part of Stem’s virtual power plant, which enables greater utilization of renewables like solar, while supporting a more sustainable, efficient and resilient grid.

Voting Hashtag: #ESNA_Stem

More Info: https://twitter.com/EnergyStorageNA

Convergent/SNC Lavalin, Sarnia Battery Energy Storage System: #ESNA_SNC
Sarnia, Ontario

Convergent/SNC Lavalin, Sarnia Battery Energy Storage System: #ESNA_SNC

Sarnia, Ontario

Rated Power: 10,000
Rated Capacity: 30,000
Technology Type: Array
Company: Convergent/SNC Lavalin
Powered by: Convergent/SNC Lavalin
Services Provided: Electric Bill Management, Resiliency, Others

Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent), the leading independent developer of energy storage solutions, commissioned North America’s biggest behind-the-meter energy storage system (10 MW/20 MWh) in Sarnia, Ontario, on August 1, 2018. Convergent contracted with SNC Lavalin, the leading design and construction services provider, to engineer the system including electrical, civil design and construction management. IHI Energy Storage provided the battery technology. The system reduces Ontario’s Global Adjustment (GA) charge for an industrial customer. GA, which comprises up to 70% of the average industrial electricity bill for Class A customers in Ontario, incentivizes large electricity users to reduce their consumption during expensive grid periods. The system combines cutting-edge Li-Ion technology and design with Convergent’s unparalleled peak dispatch services, maximizing customer savings. The facility has the ability to inject and store up to 10 MW of electrical power, interconnected directly at the customer’s primary distribution system. Convergent built, owns, and operates the plant, comprised of six 1.67 MW energy storage battery enclosures with associated HVAC equipment. The energy storage units operate in parallel with the utility. SNC-Lavalin performed the feasibility study to analyze impacts of BESS against the facility. North America’s biggest BTM ESS wouldn’t have been possible without a forward-thinking customer.

Voting Hashtag: #ESNA_SNC

More Info: https://twitter.com/EnergyStorageNA

FRONT-OF-METER

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), Caldwell Wastewater Treatment Plant Solar Storage System: #ESNA_PSEG
West Caldwell, NJ

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), Caldwell Wastewater Treatment Plant Solar Storage System: #ESNA_PSEG

West Caldwell, NJ

Rated Power: 250kW
Rated Capacity: 1000kWh
Technology Type: Array
Company: Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G)
Powered by: Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G)
Services Provided: Frequency Regulation, Onsite Renewable Energy Shifting, Resiliency

The Caldwell Wastewater Treatment Plant Solar Storage System combines a 2,682 panel, 896 kilowatt-dc solar system with a 1 megawatt -hour Eos Energy zinc hybrid cathode battery storage system. The solar system provides electricity directly to the grid and can power about 165 homes annually. In the event of an extended power outage, the combined solar and battery system works with the treatment plant’s existing diesel back-up generators. During the day, the solar panels recharge the batteries and help power the wastewater treatment plant and at night, the batteries help keep the facility running. The system helps the Caldwell plant operationally because the combination of the new solar storage system and the existing back-up generators will allow the Caldwell plant to operate for as long as 10 days without outside power. This will help keep wastewater from the facility out of local waterways. The solar storage system can also participate in PJM’s frequency regulation market. The Caldwell Wastewater Treatment Plant Solar Storage System is part of a three megawatt-dc carve-out in PSE&G’s Solar 4 All program dedicated to developing projects that integrate solar with other technologies to reduce the impact solar has on the grid or increase reliability and grid resiliency for critical facilities during prolonged power outages.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8seJmkFz7hE

Voting Hashtag: #ESNA_PSEG

More Info: https://twitter.com/EnergyStorageNA

Lockheed Martin Energy, Cypress Creek Renewables’ Brunswick EMC Solar-Plus-Storage Portfolio: #ESNA_LME
Multiple locations (12 sites), southeastern NC

Lockheed Martin Energy, Cypress Creek Renewables’ Brunswick EMC Solar-Plus-Storage Portfolio: #ESNA_LME

Multiple locations (12 sites), southeastern NC

Rated Power: 12 MW (12,000 kW)
Rated Capacity: 12 MWh (12,000 kWh)
Technology Type: Array
Company: Lockheed Martin Energy
Powered by: Lockheed Martin Energy
Services Provided: Renewable Energy Integration, Onsite Renewable Energy Shifting

A portfolio of 12 solar-plus-storage projects provides clean power to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in Southeastern North Carolina. The unique portfolio of solar-plus-storage projects allows Brunswick EMC to avoid peaking costs and pass the savings to its member-owners. The system was developed, financed, built, and commissioned by Cypress Creek Renewables, after originally acquiring the projects from United Renewables. The 12 solar-plus-storage projects are comprised of 12 MWh of Lockheed Martin GridStar Lithium energy storage systems and 8.5MW of LG NeOn solar panels. The GridStar energy storage systems store power from the solar installations and discharge it when needed the most, enabling Brunswick EMC to reduce peak power requirements and provide reliable, renewable power to its member-owners. These projects enable solar energy to be dispatchable and responsive to changing customer load requirements, conditions on the grid, and in energy markets.

Voting Hashtag: #ESNA_LME

More Info: https://twitter.com/EnergyStorageNA

Fluence, Arizona Public Service (APS) Punkin Center Energy Storage System: #ESNA_Fluence
Punkin Center, AZ

Fluence, Arizona Public Service (APS) Punkin Center Energy Storage System: #ESNA_Fluence

Punkin Center, AZ

Rated Power: 2,000
Rated Capacity: 8,000
Technology Type: Array
Company: Fluence
Powered by: Fluence
Services Provided: T&D Deferral

In 2017, Arizona Public Service became one of the first electricity companies in the nation to choose battery-based energy storage over traditional infrastructure for adding carrying capacity on its transmission and distribution grid. APS contracted Fluence to deploy a 2MW, 4-hour duration system for less cost than upgrading 20 miles of T&D lines to serve the town of Punkin Center, Arizona, a growing rural community 90 minutes northeast of Phoenix. The project demonstrates how storage can address local needs in areas experiencing population and load growth. To continue to maintain reliability for customers, APS chose storage for its faster deployment speed and lower implementation cost. The battery will provide much-needed T&D capacity, saving the time/cost of rebuilding lines and poles over difficult terrain. The same 2 MW asset counts towards APS’s total generation resource obligation, helping offset the purchase of new generating capacity to meet its continuing system load growth. Unlike traditional utility T&D and generation investments, battery-based energy storage can be built in just six months, allowing investment cash flows to be deferred into the future. Additionally, the Punkin Center battery provides benefits like local voltage regulation, system-level duck curve management, and flexibility for incremental storage. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cjSRvaP7Ucg

Voting Hashtag: #ESNA_Fluence

More Info: https://twitter.com/EnergyStorageNA