Battery System Aims to Offer Stable Clean Energy
The grid battery is actually designed to hold 1 megawatt in reserve at the Wailea substation at a transformer for Maui Electric Co. for an hour during top power usage.
'A123's advanced energy storage system has demonstrated capacity to to shift peak energy loads when demand is high to provide the consistent delivery of quality power, which is an incredibly valuable service that supports MECO's ongoing effort grow the reliability of the grid and maximize the generation resources we have in place,' said MECO President Ed Reinhardt.
It also is a part of the utility's collaboration your growing field of finding and implementing new solutions to control and improve power distribution, a recent A123 announcement said. A large problem with clean energy would be that power can suddenly curtail, such as when breezes die down at wind farms.
The new battery system is being tested on Maui for the 'next generation of energy grids,' said Robert Johnson, vice president of energy solutions at A123.
'The bottom lines are all this research and practice arrived now should help Maui in getting us off of imported oil' as soon as possible yet still time providing stable energy prices to customers, MECO spokeswoman Kau'i Awai-Dickson said.
MECO officials, lawmakers and local business leaders and scientists said the climate for experimentation has dramatically improved: And Maui's weather, unique topography, existing technology and MECO's small grid make the Valley Isle the most perfect worldwide testing - and investing - ground.
The A123 battery system is linked with the $14 million Maui Smart Grid Project as well as another solar 'inverter' new test project, Awai-Dickson supposed. The grid experiment designed to help residents better manage and reduce energy consumption during high-use periods through technology.
'The Maui Smart Grid Project will enable us to evaluate new technologies for enhancing our operations,' Reinhardt said.
The battery system also could manage and maybe prevent some power outages due to overloads, Awai-Dickson said.
The storage system will be installed sometime in 2012, said A123 spokesman Dan Borgasano. The expense of was not you can get.
MECO, the University of Hawaii along with the Department of Energy have been developing the smart-grid task for home use in South Maui, using the new battery substation.
The inverter project, meanwhile, allows MECO for the primary time to determine how much photovoltaic solar energy is made use of at any moment, Awai-Dickson said. PV has been in high popularity.
The A123 battery will be 'designed allow MECO demonstrate and evaluate new technologies for operating the electric grid more efficiently,' company officials wanted to say.
MECO's smart-grid goals include measuring many of its energy-distribution methods.
One way MECO seeks to collect real-life use data is by providing 200 Maui Meadow homeowners wireless home energy information kits.
Participants could see from a laptop where power regarding homes is being used the vast majority of. The project may involve MECO adding 'smart' thermostats that adjust temperature when anybody's home.
Also, last month, A123 also said hello would supply an 11-megawatt grid battery system for Sempra Generation's Auwahi wind project at Ulupalakua Rnch. The wind farm could power 10,000 buildings.
'We'll see how these systems go,' Borgasano said. 'Our storage should be perfect for their needs. Hopefully, our success will open the door for us to do more projects there.'