NEC Italia, which is a subsidiary of NEC Europe, and Acea Spa, an Italian utility serving the Rome metropolitan area, have announced an agreement to develop innovative lithium-ion battery storage systems to be implemented in Acea’s primary and secondary power substations.
This agreement was signed in December 2012, and it signifies the start of a major partnership between Acea and NEC.
NEC will provide two energy storage systems which will play a key role in Acea’s smart grid project. One of the systems can provide 180 kW of power and store 100 kWh of energy. The other can provide 100 kW of power and store 50 kWh of energy.
The 100kWh system will serve as am emergency backup power source in the event of a power outage. The 50kWh system will be coupled with Acea’s mid-voltage electricity grid and PV solar power plant to improve service quality and compensate for power fluctuations.
“NEC is proud to partner with a visionary company like Acea, who understands the importance of Smart Grids for successfully meeting the demands of utility companies as well as reducing environmental burdens,” said Ugo Govigli, Vice President, Smart Grid Solutions, NEC Europe.
“These ESS were designed entirely by the NEC EMEA Energy competence center which was established in Italy in 2011. We expect these developments to pave the way into new energy market segments throughout EMEA.”
“This is an exciting step forward for Smart Grid design, especially in consideration of the complex energy distribution network of the Rome metropolitan area,” said Marco Staderini, CEO, Acea.
“Our company is fully committed to maintaining and improving the superior quality of its electric power services. For this reason, we are working with highly qualified partners like NEC, who is able to meet our requirements for the Smart Grid project from both energy and ICT perspectives.”