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Saft selected for lithium-ion battery storage system in California

Saft's Intensium Max lithium-ion (Li-ion) containerized energy storage system was selected by Skylar Resources to provide black-start capability at the Grandview Substation in Glendale, California.

 The new battery energy storage system (BESS) will also enable local generators to be started in the event of an unplanned outage.

With near-instantaneous ability to respond to changes in load on the transmission network, this scalable project will enable Glendale Water & Power (GWP) to adjust the system accordingly for future energy needs, enhancing Glendale’s electric reliability.  The BESS is also designed to support integration of renewable resources, compensating for their inherent variability.

“Reliable power is crucial for municipal utility systems who have to deliver essential resources to consumers daily,” said Jim McDowall, Business Development Manager for Saft. “Today’s power trends mean we have to manage our transmission grids effectively,” he added. “Saft’s customized Li-ion solution provides GWP flexibility for the future, while enhancing stability, reliability and capacity of its transmission system.”

BESS solutions like those commissioned on Glendale’s Grandview Substation are at the forefront of energy storage trends. It is estimated the energy storage market in the U.S. alone will increase to $2.5 billion by 2022. Globally, 2016 broke records for energy storage deployments, and researchers anticipate the market will grow nearly 50 percent in 2017.

"Customization is at the core of Skylar’s operations. We are very pleased with the completion and commissioning of the BESS at the Grandview Substation for our client Glendale Water & Power. This system is now one of the fastest responding storage systems for any municipal utility in Southern California. It will significantly improve electric reliability inside the City of Glendale. It gives GWP a flexible, state-of-the-art resource to meet its customers’ needs today and in the years ahead. Collaboration with Saft was key in helping GWP to optimize its operations." William O. Perkins III CEO and President of Skylar

With power demand continually on the rise, Saft’s Intensium Max energy storage technology addresses the need for supplementary capacity in a cost-effective and quick manner. Intensium Max+ 20M batteries are manufactured in Saft’s Jacksonville facility.