ESNA 2018 | November 6-8, 2018 (Expo November 7-8)in Pasadena, California

2017 ESNA Innovation Awards

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

We have 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.

2017 Innovation Award Nominees

CENTRALIZED STORAGE

SDG&E Expedited Energy Storage Project
Escondido, California

SDG&E Expedited Energy Storage Project

Escondido, California

Rated Power: 37.5 MW
Rated Capacity: 150 MWh
Technology Type: Lithium-Ion
Company: SDG&E and AES
Powered by: Samsung, Casteel, Parker Hannifin
Services Provided: Renewable Energy Integration, Resiliency and More

The Expedited Energy Storage (ESP) project was implemented to provide a reliable, peaking resource to face the challenges brought about by meeting the evening energy ramp in the face of constrained natural gas supplies. The entire system, which provides 37.5 MW of energy and 150 MWh of capacity, is currently the world’s largest lithium-ion battery storage facility. It was built on four separate distribution feeders across two distinct physical locations to speed the time of implementation. Our service territory increasingly sees low and sometimes negative daytime energy prices brought about by abundant solar energy production. Our ESP project provides an opportunity to harvest that low-cost, clean energy for later use in meeting peak energy demand without creating additional carbon emissions or curtailing customer demand. Issues that needed to be addressed include managing the interaction between existing distribution feeder control technology and the ESP system, dynamic scheduling of battery charging in relation to customer load, resource integration into the CAISO marketplace, and integration into SDG&E’s other grid operation and protection systems.

Aliso Canyon: AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage
Pomona, California

Aliso Canyon: AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage

Pomona, California

Rated Power: 20 MW
Rated Capacity: 80 MWh
Technology Type: Lithium-ion
Company: AltaGas
Powered by: Samsung SDI, Parker Hannifin, Greensmith Energy, Power Engineers, ARB
Services Provided: Renewable Energy Integration, Spinning Reserve, Regulation Reserves, Resource Adequacy and Others

The AltaGas Pomona Energy Storage project was selected by Southern California Edison (SCE) in response to the Aliso Canyon gas leak that threatened fuel supplies and energy reliability in Southern California. In addition to AltaGas constructing the facility on-time and on-budget, construction of the lithium-ion battery system was completed in less than four months, which ranked as one of the fastest deployments of battery storage capacity on this scale in the industry to date. Strategically located within the LA Basin, Pomona Energy Storage provides 20 MW, 80 MWh of energy capacity and has a 10 year Energy Storage Resource Adequacy Purchase Agreement with SCE. "Offsetting periods of peak power with 80 MWh from battery storage is enough power to feed the electricity needs of approximately 15,000 homes over the four-hour period," said David Harris, President and CEO of AltaGas. "Providing energy from electricity stored in lithium-ion batteries provides clean reliable energy that complements California's renewable energy portfolio while adding to the versatility of our asset base which is well situated for pursuing other energy storage developments."

Southern California Edison Hybrid Enhanced Gas Turbine (EGT)
Norwalk and Rancho Cucamonga, California

Southern California Edison Hybrid Enhanced Gas Turbine (EGT)

Norwalk and Rancho Cucamonga, California

Rated Power: 10 MW
Rated Capacity: 4.3 MWh
Technology Type: Hybrid Lithium-ion (Integrated Battery and Gas Turbine)
Company: Southern California Edison
Powered by: General Electric, Wellhead Power Solutions
Services Provided: Renewable Energy Integration, Spinning Reserve, Frequency Regulation, Resiliency, Others

Each Hybrid Enhanced Gas Turbine (EGT) contains an advanced lithium-ion battery energy storage system (BESS) that can dispatch 10 MW instantaneously, dramatically increasing grid reliability and resiliency, and giving the peaker time to come online, if needed. The instantaneous response capability allows the Hybrid EGT to participate in California ISO’s spinning reserves markets 24-7, without fuel consumption or emissions. By carrying operating reserves for grid reliability, it facilitates a more efficient resource dispatch on the grid. The Hybrid EGT helps overcome operational challenges caused by intermittency in renewable generation. Supporting customer expectations to provide safe, reliable, affordable, and clean power while upgrading and modernizing the grid, each SCE project not only reduces costs, it also cuts greenhouse gas (GHG) and particulate emissions up to 60% and each installation will save about 2 million gallons of demineralized water annually. The Hybrid EGT is accelerating the transition towards the grid of the future and provides exceptional value to SCE customers and shareholders.

IID Battery Energy Storage System
El Centro, California

IID Battery Energy Storage System

El Centro, California

Rated Power: 30 MW
Rated Capacity: 20 MWh
Technology Type: Lithium-Ion
Company: Imperial Irrigation District
Powered by: Coachella Energy Storage Partners, ZGlobal, General Electric, Samsung SDI
Services Provided: Renewable Energy Integration, Spinning Reserve, Frequency Regulation, Resiliency, On site power, Black Start of Gas Turbines and Others

The Imperial Irrigation District’s(IID) 30 MW/20 MWh Battery Energy Storage System (I-BESS) began commercial operational in October of 2016. The I-BESS was immediately impactful in the operation of the IID grid by reducing the Balancing Area ACE Limits(BAAL) excursions by 83% and eliminating BAAL excursions greater than 20 MWs compared to the three months before and after operation began. The IID BESS provides 60 MWs of bidirectional fast flexible regulation and 30 MWs of spinning reserve capability enabling IID operators to shut down gas fired generation operating at minimum power. This enables an optimized system dispatch which increases system efficiency. Additional essential grid services provided by the GE supplied I-BESS are solar following, AGC, Area Control Error (ACE) control mode, frequency response and black start functionality. The IID BESS Black Start functionality is a first for North America and provides IID critical system restoration capability. This functionality included electrifying part of the IID 92 KV grid, back feeding the GSU providing all the aux power loads required to start the 44 MW gas turbine. The gas turbine was started and synchronized to the BESS. The BESS immediately became a dynamic system load enabling the gas turbine to maintain its correct voltage and frequency as additional load is added.

DISTRIBUTED STORAGE

Axiom Exergy Refrigeration Battery Pilot
Los Altos, California

Axiom Exergy Refrigeration Battery Pilot

Los Altos, California

Rated Power: 130 kW
Rated Capacity: 1,040 kWh
Technology Type: Ice Thermal
Company: Axiom Exergy and Whole Foods Market
Powered by: Axiom Exergy
Services Provided: Electric Bill Management, Resiliency, Demand Response and Others

Whole Foods Market has teamed up with Axiom Exergy, maker of the Refrigeration Battery®, to pilot the world’s first thermal energy storage solution specifically designed to integrate with central refrigeration systems and provide behind-the-meter energy storage services. The pilot is intended to demonstrate how thermal storage can economically and reliably offset refrigeration loads to reduce energy costs. The Refrigeration Battery is a thermal energy storage system that uses low-cost, off-peak electricity to “store cooling” by freezing a saltwater solution at night. During peak hours, when electricity and demand charges are highest, the system discharges, providing cooling to the store’s coolers and display cases, significantly reducing the building’s peak load (kW).

Marcus Garvey Village Solar+Storage+Fuel Cell Microgrid
Brooklyn, NY

Marcus Garvey Village Solar+Storage+Fuel Cell Microgrid

Brooklyn, NY

Rated Power: 375 kW
Rated Capacity: 1.2 MWh
Technology Type: Lithium-Ion
Company: Demand Energy
Powered by: Con Edison, Demand Energy, NYCEEC, Bloom Energy, LG Chem, Princeton Power, Bright Power, GridMarket, L+M Development Partners
Services Provided: Renewable Energy Integration, Onsite Renewable Energy Shifting, Resiliency, On site power, Peak Load Reduction, TOU Peak Shift, Demand Charge Reduction, Demand Curtailment and Others

The Marcus Garvey Village project is a first-of-its-kind urban microgrid that integrates solar PV, storage, and a fuel cell with Demand Energy’s Distributed Energy Network Operating System (DEN.OS) to manage and control these distributed energy resources. The system is New York’s first-ever solar+storage microgrid in an affordable housing development, and the first microgrid deployed under Con Ed’s BQDM program. Additionally, it’s the first lithium-ion battery system approved for use in a multi-family building in NYC. The project includes 400 kW of solar PV; a 400 kW fuel cell, and 375 kW/1.2 MWh of storage, all optimized through DEN.OS. The software platform intelligently manages microgrid assets in the context of local electricity pricing and demand, generating savings through demand charge reduction and time of use incentives. DEN.OS also ensures that the 625-unit complex self-consumes any energy it generates without exporting to the grid, which aligns directly with BQDM requirements. Not only does the microgrid provide resiliency during an outage, it also delivers essential load relief to Con Ed, lowers operational costs, and helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This customer-centric project advances the transition to a distributed energy system with benefits for the customer, for the community, and for the grid.

SMLD Energy Storage Project
New England, MA

SMLD Energy Storage Project

New England, MA

Rated Power: 2 MW
Rated Capacity: 3.9 MWh
Technology Type: Lithium-Ion
Company: Sterling Municipal Light Department
Powered by: Sandia National Laboratories Energy Storage Tech Dept, Clean Energy Group, US DOE, NEC Energy Solutions, Parker Hannifin
Services Provided: Frequency Regulation, Resiliency, Energy Arbitrage, Reduction in Monthly Network Load, Reduction in Capacity Payments to ISO New England, and Others

This project is based on the analysis, request for proposal, an energy storage Procurement Guidance Documents for municipalities, and deployment of a 2 MW, 3.9 MWh GSS® grid energy storage system. The system is the largest system of its kind installed in New England and the first utility scale project in Massachusetts. Using solar energy, the system can provide up to 12 days of clean backup power to nearby police stations and emergency dispatch centers in case of a grid outage. The Benefits considered in the analysis portion include: energy arbitrage, frequency regulation, reduction in monthly network load, reduction in capacity payments to ISO New England, and grid resiliency. The Sterling ES project demonstrates applications that energy storage can be used for, and the positive economic benefits that can be derived from it. It also showcases the best economic case Sandia National Laboratories has found to date for energy storage, with an expected payback of installed costs in less than seven years (discounting grants). The Procurement guidance document is intended to support Massachusetts Department of Energy’s Community Clean Energy Resilience Initiative awardees in energy storage procurement. Additionally, these materials offer useful information for other municipalities to consider as they develop solicitations for resilient, energy storage projects.

Peña Station NEXT Solar+Storage Microgrid
Denver, Colorado

Peña Station NEXT Solar+Storage Microgrid

Denver, Colorado

Rated Power: 1 MW
Rated Capacity: 2 MWh
Technology Type: Lithium-Ion
Company: Panasonic
Powered by: Xcel Energy, Younicos, Denver International Airport
Services Provided: Renewable Energy Integration, Frequency Regulation, Onsite Renewable Energy Shifting, Resiliency, On site power, Energy Arbitrage; Grid Peak Demand Reduction (Demand Response) and Others

Peña Station NEXT is a mixed-use, sustainable, smart city development in Denver, where multiple public and private stakeholders—Panasonic, Xcel Energy, Denver International Airport (DEN), and LC Fulenwider—have partnered on a solar+storage microgrid. The project includes: 1.6 MWdc carport solar PV, 259 kWdc rooftop solar PV, anchor load at Panasonic’s Technology & Business Solutions Center, and 1 MW / 2 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS). Uniquely, Peña stakeholders share microgrid assets. For example, DEN owns the parking lot and the carport structures; Xcel Energy owns and operates the solar PV atop the structure under a long-term lease agreement; Panasonic performs the O&M. The Younicos-supplied BESS is integral to achieving stakeholder goals through multiple stacked value streams that enhance the BESS’s overall technical and economic value proposition. Xcel Energy is strategically focused on leveraging innovative, superior technologies—including storage—to modernize and support its grid, including integrating more solar and providing increased resilience to customers. Panasonic’s new facility, which hosts a network operations center, has critical needs for backup power. Real estate developer Fulenwider seeks to attract builders and tenants with the site’s clean, resilient power supply. All stakeholders, including DEN, share a commitment to sustainability.