The U.S. wind energy industry had its strongest year ever in 2012, according to the Washington, DC-based American Wind Energy Association — installing a record 13,124 megawatts (MW) of electric generating capacity, leveraging $25 billion in private investment, and achieving over 60,000 MW of cumulative wind capacity. However, like other producers of intermittent energy, the wind turbine industry must find a cost-efficient means of back-up power storage to make this popular source of green energy a cost-effective market alternative.
Now, Samsung (News - Alert) SDI, an affiliate of the South Korea-based Samsung Group, and Xtreme Power have been selected by the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) to install a 1-megawatt (MW)/1-megawatt hour (MWh) lithium ion (Li-ion)-based battery energy storage system (BESS) system at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas as part of a smart grid demonstration project (SGDP).
The $27 million project has been jointly funded by CCET partners and the US Department of Energy. The SGDP is known as Discovery Across Texas–Technology Solutions for Wind Integration in ERCOT... Read More