The companies, which plan to start shipping in late 2017, said Harbor Smart combines Panasonic’s lithium-ion battery modules and Pika Energy’s power electronics in one “slim, floor-standing, wall-mounted enclosure”.
Market research company Navigant Research has indicated that North America remains the largest market for newly announced energy storage systems.
An estimated 1,997.3 MW of new ESSs have been announced worldwide in 2016 so far, with around 15.8% coming from North America.
North American firm AES Corporation will supply a total of 37.5MW of lithium-ion energy technology to a utility firm as the US continues to embrace energy storage for grid stabalisation.
Through its subsidiary, AES Energy Storage, the company signed two contracts with San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) to install and commission two arrays.
The lead industry in North America is facing some of the biggest threats to its existence as a perfect storm of extremely bad news and regulatory challenges come to a climax in the next few months, David Weinberg, legal advisor to Battery Council International told its 2016 annual meeting last week.
Weinberg, recognised as one of the USA’s leading environmental law specialists, said the PR storm was probably the worst he had seen in his 30 year relationship with the industry body.
North American firm AES Corporation has signed two alliance agreements as it looks to dominate the global market with its lithium-ion Advancion® energy storage platform.
Both deals have been made through AES’s subsidiary, AES Energy Storage, and expands the firm’s reach to two thirds of the world.
Swiss firm Leclanché is due to deliver a 13MW / 53MWh Energy Storage Systems turn-key lithium-ion storage system for one of the North America’s largest Grid Ancillary Services projects.
Leclanché will work alongside Deltro Energy who will procure, design and construct the site facilities in Toronto, Canada.
Deltro will also be the operator of the facilities and Greensmith Energy will provide the energy management system, when the projects come on line, due for the end of this year.
Ontario’s Independent Electricity System Operator plans to use the ESSs to meet its needs for fast-reacting ancillary services.
The service provided include voltage control and reactive power support, to handle intermittent wind and solar power now on Ontario’s high voltage transmission networks.
David Del Mastro, CEO of Deltro, said: “We have asked Leclanché to deliver these storage systems on a turn-key basis and will work closely with them to ensure this project is successfully constructed and fully integrated into the IESO grid”.
Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché, adds: “We hope to start the construction in spring 2016 and start the first operation by the end of the year.”
New board members
Meanwhile, two shareholders were elected onto the company’s board as representative of investors.
Investors Peter G. Wodtke and Adam Said were approved during the company’s Extraordinary General Meeting on January 21st.
In a joint statement on Leclanche’s website, Wodtke and Said, added: “The company is poised for growth and we look forward to participating in its exciting future.”
PIcutre: Left to right Adam Said and Peter G. Wodtke