Technology group Wärtsilä is finalizing a 70MW energy storage and energy management system project in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) energy market, the company’s largest energy storage deployment tied to a renewable resource in the western United States.
“This sizable 70 MW project demonstrates the growing value being placed on energy storage; there are no government programs or regulations in place that incentivized this build,” said Risto Paldanius, Business Development Director for Energy Storage & Optimization at Wärtsilä Energy Business.
Other technical considerations include battery chemistry. Wärtsilä is incorporating lithium iron phosphate batteries, enhancing safety measures of the site.
“Energy storage system safety is the most important design feature in our projects. For this customer, safety starts with a lithium iron phosphate battery option, which has several fundamental safety features such as a lower thermal runaway temperature and very low temperature rise rate. Temperature, smoke and fire detection, as well as suppression systems, are all designed for early detection and prevention of any safety related incidents,” explained Paldanius.
Source & Image: Wärtsilä | www.wartsila.com
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