A123 SYSTEMS to supply 11-MW Grid Battery System for Auwahi Wind Farm

The GBS will support to standardize and smooth intermittent wind power generation, by offering grid stability for Maui Electric company.

The Auwahi Wind project comprises eight wind turbines, with a combined electric generating capacity of 21 MW, as well as A123’s Smart Grid Domain Controller to manage voltage regulation requirements for the project. The storage system will utilize A123’s proprietary Nanophosphate lithium ion batteries and built-in power electronics to deliver up to 11 MW of power in milliseconds.

We believe that wind-rich locations like Hawaii represent a significant opportunity for energy storage, especially as project developers and utilities continue to understand that storage has the capability to help maximize production and reduce the challenges associated with the variability of wind power generation. We consider Sempra Generation’s selection of our GBS energy storage solution for the Auwahi Wind project to be strong validation of our technology, and we look forward to showcasing the benefits of our energy storage systems for wind power integration when the Auwahi project is operational, said a spokesperson for A123. It is estimated that the construction will be commence in early 2012, while commercial operation is schedule for the end of 2012.