Published on November 28th, 2014 | by James Ayre1
Eos Aurora Energy Storage System Getting Closer To Market-Ready — GDF SUEZ Acquires One For Testing
November 28th, 2014 by James Ayre
Eos Energy Storage recently sold one of its new, low-cost zinc hybrid cathode (Znyth) battery systems to the energy giant GDF SUEZ, bringing the company’s pilot demonstration program one step forward — leading the way to the wider deployment of the product in the commercial landscape of Europe sometime in the near future.
This move follows on the heels of the completion of the technology’s 3rd-party testing via DNV GL.
“We are delighted to have GDF SUEZ as our first international customer and as a leading participant in our Genesis program,” stated Eos President Steve Hellman. “GDF SUEZ is one of the largest power producers in the world with operations in 70 countries, a leader in the growing renewable energy industry, and an unmatched innovator in energy technology. We couldn’t ask for a better partner to support our first European testing program and broader global deployment of the Eos product.”
After installation is complete at GDF SUEZ’s battery lab in Linkebeek, Belgium, comprehensive testing (generation, transmission, distribution, storage, and end-use) is set to begin via the company’s R&D division.
Specifically, the Eos system will have its performance evaluated across a range of different applications, including: “facility energy management, integration of distributed solar photovoltaics, participation in grid balancing markets, and energy arbitrage in wholesale markets.”
“Deploying our battery with GDF SUEZ is an important step in commercializing our Aurora battery system,” stated Eos CEO Michael Oster. “We are now ramping up manufacturing and will supply batteries at a price that makes electricity storage an economic alternative to today’s gas peaking turbines.”
A bit of background — the company’s grid storage product, the Aurora, is a MW-scale DC battery system that’s been designed specifically to readily and easily integrate renewable energy into the grid, while also improving efficiency and resiliency. The current plan is to sell the Aurora DC battery system for $160 per kWh. For a lot more info, see our previous coverage of Eos.