IHI, Inc. Selected as Supplier in Grid Resiliency and Solar Firming Energy Storage Project in Massachusetts

22 Feb 2018

IHI, Inc. is partnering with Borrego Solar Systems to implement a 2MW/4MWh storage system for the Braintree Electric Light Department (BELD), with a grant from the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) through the Advancing Commonwealth Energy Storage (ACES) program.

The system is intended to help decrease BELD’s capacity and transmission costs by improving resiliency and efficiency, providing key benefits to ratepayers. Additionally, the system will demonstrate how coupling energy storage with distributed solar generation can decrease system load during peak hours, store excess solar generation, and increase the amount of distributed energy resources that can be hosted on the distribution system.

“IHI Energy Storage is a great choice for this project, with advanced control software and sophisticated system engineering capabilities which enable us to control the system with the flexibility we require,” explains, Bill Bottiggi, General Manager at BELD. “We are excited to leverage IHI’s technology to provide taxpayers with a high return on the project.”

The system commissioning is targeted for June 2018. ESWare™, the proprietary operation software from IHI Energy Storage, is the key to the project. The software provides BELD with hands-on control and operation of the energy storage system through IHI’s web-based platform, ES/Pilot™, as well as various autonomous control options. After reviewing the functionality and capabilities of ES/Pilot™ in the test case run at Tucson Electric Power (TEP), BELD selected ES/Pilot™ for implementation in a similar use-case. IHI Energy Storage will be procuring a Samsung SDI Li-ion battery and a Power Electronics inverter, as well as offering their proprietary software for the project.

“We’re happy to be a part of an influential test system in Massachusetts, which is leading the development of clean energy and where part of our team is located,” commented Toshiaki Nishio, Managing Director of the energy storage division of IHI Inc. (hereafter IHI Energy Storage). “IHI Energy Storage is looking forward to demonstrating the impact energy storage can have on renewable energy generation in the Commonwealth, and we’re looking forward to partnering with Borrego Solar and BELD to do so.”

IHI Energy Storage is a mission-driven organization dedicated to increasing grid resiliency and improving the efficiency of renewable energy generation internationally. IHI Energy Storage is leveraging industry expertise and advanced software to develop this energy storage system.

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