Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung Group, and Xtreme Power, a privately held Austin, Texas company, have announced that they have been selected by the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) to install a 1 MWh Lithium Ion-based Battery Energy Storage System at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas as part of a Smart Grid Demonstration Project (SGDP). The $27 million project, jointly funded by CCET partners and the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 managed by the Center. The demo project is also known as Discovery Across Texas, Technology Solutions for Wind Integration in ERCOT. The battery will be owned and operated by South Plains Electric Cooperative as one of several project technologies to serve the SGDP objectives of wind integration.
The Samsung SDI and Xtreme Power battery system will be connected to South Plains distribution grid at the Reese Technology Center as part of an ongoing wind technology program managed by GroupNIRE and Texas Tech University. The battery systems will focus on combing utility scale energy storage with wind generation. Potential uses for the battery include mitigating intermittent fluctuations of a number of nearby wind turbines, regulating the distribution bus voltage, serve as spinning reserve, and providing frequency support during the loss of generation.
The project marks the first order for the newly formed Samsung SDI Xtreme Power alliance. Coupling Samsung SDI’s Lithium Manganese Oxide battery with Xtreme Power’s Xtreme Active Control Technology, the two firms have partnered to create an optimal energy storage solution for renewable integration and grid support.
Samsung SDI is a leading supplier of Lithium Ion batteries, producing over 1B cells annually, and total revenue exceeding $5 billion. The lithium manganese battery is said to provide industry leading safety, quality, high-energy densities, and cost competitiveness. The same battery is being used by automobile companies in the U.S. and Europe in their electric vehicles. This state of the art technology together with Active Control’s millisecond response time will let renewable generation attain higher levels of grid penetration, as well as supply ideal grid support services, such as frequency response, voltage support, and ramp-rate control. Xtreme Power and Samsung SDI will focus on key markets seeking to realize ambitious renewable goals and promote a cleaner electric grid.
“Taking part in the Center’s project gave us another chance to demonstrate our expertise in matching power storage with renewable power generation, which is vital for realizing our green energy future. We are honored to work with Samsung SDI to bring a reliable, efficient, and cost-friendly solution to the energy storage and power management market,” said Alan Gotcher, Chief Executive Officer of Xtreme Power. “Our XACT control platform, which can be integrated with the full range of battery technologies, will break new ground in the industry when paired with Samsung’s technology.”
Xtreme Power’s Active Control platform is said to be unmatched in its ability to provide high power output within 50 ms accurately and precisely without infringing upon safety protocols. This venture will let Xtreme Power and Samsung SDI offer a versatile product capable of enhancing the value of renewable generation and increasing the reliability of the electric grid.
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