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GE powers California load shifting project

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 14:40 -- Ruth Williams
Discovery Science Centre in Santa Ana houses the pilot project

GE Energy Storage is providing the storage for a 500 kWh load-shifting project for the Southern California Edison project at the Discovery Science Centre in Santa Ana.

The project aims to shift 10 – 20% of the centre’s daily electrical consumption to off-peak hours by using a 500kWh storage system to provide backup power.

GE is providing a turnkey Durathon battery energy storage system and Princeton Power Systems is providing the invertor control system to integrate with the storage system to load shift to enable the Centre to reduce its peak electricity usage and thus its electrical bill.

Kellee Preston, Vice President of operations at Discovery Science Centre, said: “We are eager to demonstrate technologies that can reduce our energy cost while adding to the reliability of the electric grid. We’ll be able to use the system to increase outreach on energy issues and better explain the benefits that storage can bring to the electric grid system.”

Southern California Edison is managing the project as part of California’s statewide initiative to reduce peak demand on the electrical grid. Along with the Centre, SCE will monitor the performance of the system and use it to assess how remote storage systems can bolster distribution network’s performance.