Powin Energy to supply Idaho's very first utility-scale storage project

May 5, 2022 11:57 AM ET
  • System integrator Powin Energy has actually been chosen by Idaho Power to supply 120MW/524MW of battery energy storage space system (BESS) projects, the state's first utility-scale storage space advancements.
Powin Energy to supply Idaho's very first utility-scale storage project
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The BESS projects are set to come online in summer 2023 and also Idaho Power stated they will help keep reputable services during periods of high usage, as well as help the utility accomplish 100% clean energy by 2045. It still requires to be accepted by the regulatory authority and also will likely comprise a 40MW as well as a 80MW system at separate areas.

The 40MW system may be at the Black Mesa solar center in Elmore County, while the bigger project can adjoin the Hemingway substation near the city Melba, although various other sites are being considered for both.

"Battery storage space enables us to use existing generation sources effectively while establishing the stage for more clean energy in the coming years," claimed Adam Richins, Idaho Power elderly vice president and also principal running police officer.

Powin Energy will provide its Stack750 product, part of its Centipede platform, for the projects which will have an ordinary duration of 4.36 hours. The modular BESS platform uses lithium iron phosphate (LF) battery cells from CATL and also EVE with a cycle life of 7,300 and a DC big salami performance of 95% at four-plus hrs, according to a datasheet from the Portland, Oregon-based firm.

Idaho Power submitted a request to the northwestern state's Public Utilities Commission to identify whether the project proposition is in the general public passion recently. It complies with an ask for proposals (RFP) in May last year for new resources coming online in 2023.

Powin's news release claimed a strong economic climate and also population growth are driving Idaho's requirement for extra power capacity while transmission restraints have actually restricted its ability to import energy from the Pacific Northwest and also elsewhere. The state is looking for 1,700 MW of energy storage space and also more than 2,100 MW of solar and wind capacity by 2040, according to its most recent integrated resource strategy.

Powin Energy was the fifth-largest BESS system integrator in 2021 according to IHS Markit's annual rankings report, after Fluence, NextEra Energy Resources, Tesla and Wartsila.

The business just recently racked up 5.8 GW of BESS project orders from four designers in Taiwan and the United States for a 2022-24 distribution timeframe and additionally lately entered the Indian market with a partnership. Executive VP Danny Lu added to a year-in-review article on Energy-storage. information in December.

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