Younicos to upgrade energy storage system on Kodiak Island, Alaska

Younicos will replace earlier-generation lead-acid batteries and battery racks with advanced lithium-ion batteries
Younicos will replace earlier-generation lead-acid batteries and battery racks with advanced lithium-ion batteries

Younicos (Berlin, Germany) has signed an agreement with Kodiak Electric Association (KEA) in Alaska to design, install and commission an upgraded 3 MW battery-based energy storage system on Kodiak Island that will replace a system that was installed by the company in 2012.

The agreement calls for Younicos to replace earlier-generation lead-acid batteries and battery racks with advanced lithium-ion batteries. The implementation of li-on batteries will increase the operational lifetime of the storage resource.

The project is expected to be complete by mid-August 2017, in time to support increased seasonal levels of wind power on the island.

“Our main goal has always been to bring more renewables to the island and greatly reduce the cost and environmental impacts of using diesel fuel,” notes Darron Scott, President/CEO of Kodiak Electric Association (KEA).

In 2007, KEA set a goal to produce 95 percent of Kodiak’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2020, to reduce reliance on diesel fuel and lower the cost of generation to customers.

Today the island has achieved that goal through a combination of hydroelectric and wind energy. The use of greater amounts of wind energy to reach the renewables goal has been made possible by the intelligently controlled battery system engineered, commissioned, and soon to be upgraded, by Younicos.

 

2017-02-28 | Courtesy: Younicos | solarserver.com © Heindl Server GmbH

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