The US arm of Germany-based power group E.ON has started building two additional lithium-ion battery storage facilities in the US— co-located at the company’s Pyron and Inadale wind farms in West Texas.
The ‘Texas Waves’ projects, comprising two 9.9MW short duration energy storage systems, will be “an integral part” of the wind farms, the company said.
Texas Waves, expected to be online by the end of this year, will provide ancillary services to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas market and “be capable of responding to shifts in power demand more quickly, increasing system reliability and efficiency”, E.ON said.
The projects will be the second and third grid-connected lithium-ion battery systems installed by E.ON in North America after Iron Horse— a 10MW system connected to a 2MW PV plant in Tucson, Arizona.
Virginia-based Greensmith Energy will supply energy storage software and services for Texas Waves, with Colorado’s Primoris Renewable Energy responsible for engineering, procurement and construction.
E.ON’s vice-president of Energy Storage North America Mark Frigo said: “Breaking ground on this project is particularly exciting as it allows us to continue to build our reputation as one of the leading players in North American energy storage,” said Mark Frigo, VP of Energy Storage North America at E.ON. “These projects will benefit from the lessons learned and experience accumulated on our Iron Horse project, completed back in April.”