A developer and manufacturer of advanced Nanophosphate lithium iron phosphate batteries and systems, announced the expansion of its portfolio of Grid Storage Equipment (GSS). A123 System’s GSS product line now includes high-rate and long-duration systems ranging from kilowatt-scale to hundreds of MWs, letting users deploy a complete, turnkey storage solution that meets their specific power and energy requirements.
The modular architecture and flexible design of A123’s GSS optimize performance and increase system efficiency to increase the stability and reliability of the grid while enabling the seamless integration of renewable power sources. The company says the grid-ready GSS is a complete and capable of achieving greater than 90% ac to dc to ac round-trip efficiency. Each GSS consists of a Grid Battery (GBS), Aeros software and Power Conversion equipment.
The GBS is based on modular, rack combined, energy-storage units which serve as the building blocks for easily configurable high-rate and long-duration systems designed to meet application-specific requirements. A123’s GBSs are available with onboard touch screen control panels, heat and smoke detection, and fire suppression to provide customers with the necessary infrastructure to integrate the GSS with their existing systems. In addition to A123’s standard containerized GBS units available in 20, 40, and 53-ft lengths, A123’s rack-integrated battery systems can be deployed in buildings or other custom enclosures.
In addition to the Grid Battery System, the GSS feature A123’s Energy Response Operating System (AEROS), the company’s software for delivering full command and control functions for seamless integration with existing utility systems. Aeros increases efficiency and optimizes the performance of the energy-storage equipment by enabling automated command and control with built-in secure protocols, real-time reporting of systems capabilities and performance, millisecond response times, and multiple operating modes to optimize customers’ application requirements. A123’s GSS are also equipped with high-efficiency power inverters that convert dc-to-ac and ac-to-dc to provide real and reactive power as well as bidirectional energy flow to the grid.
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