Toronto-based Electrovaya Inc. has won a competitive bid to supply Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) – one of the “Big Six” utilities in the United Kingdom – with 25 distributed energy storage systems, ranging in capacity from 12.4 kilowatt hours (kWh) to more than 80 kWh.
All of the advanced, grid-connected systems will be deployed within the borders of a single English town — Bracknell, about 30 miles outside London — by mid-2014.
The batteries will feature Electrovaya's latest lithium ion (Li-ion) SuperPolymer 2.0 technology, and will offer substantial smart grid capacity. The company says that its energy storage systems deliver the following advantages:
- Superior energy density;
- Prismatic, laminated, large-format cell design;
- Integrated intelligent battery management system (iBMS);
- Custom sizes and shapes available; and
- Air-cooled and liquid-cooled architecture available.
The initiative is part of the Thames Valley Vision (TVV) project, an SSEPD project in partnership with other local, national and international businesses. The TVV is a £30 million (US$48 million) project and is part of a £500 million (US$796 million) program funded by the Low Carbon Network Fund (LCNF) run by the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem), the U.K. energy regulator.
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"We are very excited about the project with SSEPD. Not only does it reflect Electrovaya's leadership in advanced grid-connected energy storage technology, but the project will lead to the development of substantial smart grid capabilities for [us]," commented Dr. Rajshekar DasGupta, vice president of Business Development at Electrovaya. "Furthermore, this will be Electrovaya's first major utility storage project in Europe. European utilities are gaining interest in energy storage and they have the highest penetration of renewables in the world; thereby placing Electrovaya in a prime position for follow-up projects in the region."
Added Nigel Bessant, project delivery manager for the company: "SSEPD is pleased to be working with a proven energy storage manufacturer and believe their experience in grid connected and mobile storage will allow us to successfully explore the role of Energy Storage and Management Units in supporting the energy needs of our customers as we move towards a low carbon economy."
Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution is responsible for maintaining the electricity networks supplying more than 3.7 million homes and businesses across central-southern England and north of the Central Belt of Scotland. SSEPD owns one electricity transmission network and two electricity distribution networks, comprising 106,000 substations and 130,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables across one third of the United Kingdom.
Edited by Rory J. Thompson