The Tehachapi Energy Storage Project the biggest battery energy storage project to date in North America has now opened.
The 32 MWh battery energy storage system built by Southern California Edison (SCE) comprises lithium-ion batteries from LG Chem stationed in a special 6,300 square-foot facility at SCEs Monolith substation in Tehachapi, California.
The project was built in that location owing to its proximity to the Tehachapi Wind Resource Area which is expected to produce up to 4,500 MW of power from wind energy infrastructure in the area by the year 2016.
The project was funded with a combination of the SCEs own funds and federal stimulus money obtained from the Department of Energy via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Explaining the purpose of the project, the DOEs energy storage program manager, Dr Imre Gyuk, stated: This installation will allow us to take a serious look at the technological capabilities of energy storage on the electric grid. It will also help us to gain a better understanding of the value and benefit of battery energy storage.
Source: Clean Technica
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