7 MW LG Chem Battery System Installed In Minster, Ohio

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LG Chem delivered and installed batteries for a 7 MW/3 MWh system in Minster, Ohio. The battery system has been combined with a 4.2 MW solar PV array as well. The S&C Electric Company provided construction, engineering, battery system integration, and procurements. Half Moon Ventures and the local utility also collaborated on the project.

800px-St._Augustine_Catholic_Church,_MinsterThe system benefits to Minster will be shaving of peak demand, improving power quality, and deferring $350,000 in transmission and distribution costs.

“Collaboration on this project with S&C has provided not only key learnings but also a system that provides the community with critical grid services, as well as commercially viable revenue streams for the system owner and local utility. This project shows how the energy storage industry has entered another phase with viable projects for customers and end users,” explained Sunghoon Jang, an LG Chem Senior Vice President.

Minster has a population of about 2,800, so a 4.2 MW solar power system is a large one. According to SEIA, one megawatt of solar power can provide electricity for about 160 homes, with adequate sunshine. A 4 MW system would be able to generate enough electricity for approximately 640 homes, which might cover about half of Minster’s population.

“This project is a key example of how energy storage can generate tangible revenue streams while providing critical grid services. S&C has been able to deliver a comprehensive energy storage solution through its collaboration with LG Chem and is very proud to be moving the energy storage industry forward,” said Mike Edmonds, president of the U.S. Business Unit at S&C. A press release also said that such energy storage facilities can provide services to the tens of millions of customers served by the PJM Interconnection.

It has also been proposed that  a network of such storage installations might eventually allow some peaker plants to be replaced. If those replacements do occur, there should be less climate change emissions.

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4 thoughts on “7 MW LG Chem Battery System Installed In Minster, Ohio

  • whats battery tech and $/kwh ?

    • Seeing LG Chem I would guess Lithium… sure enough clicking on one of the links in the article:
      “HMV is using S&C’s 7-MW PureWave® SMS Storage Management System,
      providing fully integrated storage management and power conversion for
      3-MWh of lithium ion-batteries.”

  • Yes, that matters a lot of course, if others can be able to repeat this somewhere else.

    Anyway a heartening article! And pointing again to the elephant in the room that we environmental people tend to shun in public debate for it’s political implications, being so pleased that we have finally tricked capitalism to start rolling out solar panels and wind mills: should we let big corporations/government build huge solar parks for wide distribution and centralized profits, or should we simply make our own energy in our neighbourhood? Should we be satisfied with that 2nd Industrial Revolution thinking of extreme centralization of energy, wealth and political influence, or should we embrace the inevitable 3rd Ind. Rev. of distributed but intensely networked energy, wealth and real political influence over our own lives?

    Maybe the idea of an anarchistic society was way before it’s time, and had to wait for solar panels and internet to become even remotely possible…

    • We need all of the above. To decarnonize the grid as fast as possible, every way to mobilize capital makes a difference. For now, most of that is corporate cash going to centralized solar, but decentalized solar is coming up fast and go a long way toward filling in the gaps left by the big plants. The only measure of success is how many fossil plants we can retire.

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