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Storage News: Leclanché Will Supply Ontario One Of World’s Largest Energy Storage Systems

Swiss battery manufacturer Leclanché has been selected by Hecate Canada Storage II, LLP, an emerging Canadian Project Development and Electrical Systems Integrator, to deliver a 13 MW/53 MWh energy storage system. The system will stand as one of the largest grid ancillary storage services projects in North America.

According to Solar ServerLeclanché will provide all battery storage systems for the contracted facilities to be built near Toronto. In this project, Leclanché will team with Deltro Energy Inc.

Deltro gridstorage

When the project goes online in this year’s fourth quarter, Deltro will operate all of the facilities using an energy management system provided by Greensmith Energy. As part of the 53 MWh project, Greensmith will supply its GEMS5 software technology, a leading platform used to deliver 6 grid-scale systems in 2015 on both sides of the meter.

Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator, IESO, awarded the contracts through a competitive solicitation process in 2014 as part of its Energy Storage Procurement Phase 1 project.

IESO plans to use the energy storage systems to meet its needs for fast-reacting ancillary services. The principal service provided under these contracts is voltage control and reactive power support, an application that’s becoming increasingly important for Ontario and other regions with significant amounts of intermittent wind and solar power now on the high-voltage transmission networks.

Leclanche cell_structure5“After an intense round of competitive bidding among many of the world’s largest energy storage providers, we have decided to team up with Leclanché for this project because of their high quality battery storage products, very professional approach and ability to provide thoughtful solutions for the complete design and construction of a full battery power plant,” said David Del Mastro, Deltro CEO.

Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché said he hopes to start the construction in spring 2016 and start operation by the end of the year.

Images: Emission-free grid stability via Deltro; battery graphic via Leclanche’

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