An 8MW / 4MWh energy storage system will be deployed by Alevo in Lewes, Delaware, in collaboration with the city of Lewes and the Lewes Board of Public Works. The battery system will be constructed at a location occupied by a retired generator that uses oil.
“The installation of the 8 MW battery will provide a significant tool to manage our capacity charges, our peak demands and transmission charges, and we anticipate it to be a boon for the citizens of Lewes,” said Theodore W. Becker, Mayor of Lewes.
The Alevo GridBanks system will allow the city to better manage its wind and solar power inputs as well. For example, the University of Delaware-Lewes has a 1.5–2.0 MW wind turbine that generates its own electricity. Alevo will also use the system to sell ancillary services in the PJM market.
The Lewes installation is the first commercial one of 2016, though Alevo expects more to follow in the same year. Lithium-ion batteries are used in combination with smart analytics for the storage and delivery of grid-scale electricity. The GridBanks containerized system is also expandable and has 50,000 or more recharge cycles, says Alevo.
“With support from Lewes BPW, Alevo has been able to bring this project to market quickly, which will not only increase the overall efficiency of the PJM grid, but also add significant value to our local partner and their customers,” explained Jeff Gates, Vice President, Alevo.
With global headquarters in Swizterland, Alevo also has a manufacturing facility in North Carolina and was founded in 2009. The North Carolina plant is newish and was expected to have somewhere between 300–500 employees. (Coincidentally, North Carolina is a solar power leader among US states.)
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