International Battery, a manufacturer, designer and developer of large-format lithium-ion rechargeable cells, batteries and energy-storage systems, has received an $800,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority to design, manufacture and test an 800 kWh bulk energy-storage system (BESS), expandable to 1 MW.
Marking International Battery's largest battery system to date, the completed energy-storage system will demonstrate the advantages of using large-format lithium batteries for renewable energy integration and smart-grid support, the company says.
The storage system, which will accommodate International Battery's large-format lithium batteries and battery management system, an inverter, and a control and communications system, will be housed in a 40-foot mobile container. International Battery says it will join forces with an inverter company for this project.
The preliminary design work on the system has begun and is expected to be ready for initial testing by the second quarter of 2011. The company plans to install the BESS unit to a selected site, where it will be integrated with on-site renewable energy sources and the grid.
SOURCE: International Battery