ENGIE, Eos Energy Storage (“Eos”) and Northern Power Systems Corp. (TSX: NPS) today announced that the they will work together to install a 1 megawatt (MW), 4 megawatt-hour (MWh) grid-scale energy storage solution supporting a hybrid solar and wind demonstration project, developed by ENGIE in Brazil. Eos and Northern Power will together manufacture and supply the turn-key, fully-integrated energy storage system combining the Eos Aurora battery with Northern Power’s FlexPhase™ power conversion technology and intelligent controls.
“In order to further develop the penetration of wind and solar, that are both intermittent sources of energy, and provide them as a stable green base load product to our clients, we need storage. We are therefore exploring many options available in the market. The integrated battery system from Eos and Northern represents a combination of a new promising Zinc based energy storage solution and a new digital based piloting system, which are attractive both from a cost and performance perspective,” says Raphael Schoentgen Research & Technology Director at ENGIE.
The fully-integrated 1MW?4MWh battery storage system will be co-located with over 5MW of wind and solar generation capacities at a medium voltage substation in Tubarão, Brazil. The project represents ENGIE’s first large-scale deployment of an Eos Aurora system in South America and follows extensive prototype testing at ENGIE’s Batteries Lab located in Linkebeek, Belgium. Northern Power’s experienced engineering design team will be leading the field installation of the energy storage system with construction beginning in summer of 2017.
“The ENGIE installation is indicative of an increasing trend within the utility industry, where key players are implementing energy storage as a strategic tool to integrate renewable energy while improving the efficiency and reliability of the grid,” said Chris McKay, Director of Sales at Northern Power Systems.
“The cost and performance evolution roadmap of the Eos – Northern Power solution is truly game changing,” said Eos Vice President of Business Development, Philippe Bouchard. “As prices continue to decline rapidly with scale, utilities will be empowered to deploy batteries ubiquitously at substations or co-located with generation. This demonstration project sets a new milestone on the road where a combination of renewables energies and storage capacities will in the end outcompete the traditional pattern of conventional generation and grid infrastructure, and thus allow meeting peak demand while integrating increasing amounts of renewable energy.”
ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take on the major challenges of energy’s transition to a low-carbon economy: access to sustainable energy, climate-change mitigation and adaptation and the rational use of resources. The Group provides individuals, cities and businesses with highly efficient and innovative solutions largely based on its expertise in four key sectors: renewable energy, energy efficiency, liquefied natural gas and digital technology. ENGIE employs 153,090 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo (World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120 and France 20).
Eos’ mission is to deliver energy storage solutions that enable safe, reliable, and affordable electricity for utilities and their customers. Eos manufactures and sells the Eos Aurora—a long-life, inherently safe, and easy-to-install DC battery system designed for grid-connected applications as well as commercial and industrial markets. Eos is located in Edison, NJ, and New York.Northern Power Systems designs, manufactures, and sells distributed power generation and energy storage solutions with its advanced wind turbines, inverters, controls, and integration services. Northern Power has been a technology innovator for over 40 years and serves clients around the globe from its US headquarters and European offices.