Lee's Summit, Mo., October 17, 2012 — The new technology is a nano-battery cell developed by Exergonix, a Lee's Summit, Missouri-based firm. The 1 MW energy storage battery is in its first live smart grid test.
The battery will support KCP&L's Smart Grid Demonstration Area, which encompasses the MRIGlobal facilities in Kansas City, Missouri.
With the installation, KCP&L is testing the battery system's effectiveness for managing energy on the electric grid. The battery stores solar energy produced in the demonstration area, and is used to support energy delivery during peak demand times of the day.
Exergonix uses a patented lithium ion storage system, which integrates a higher energy density battery and advanced electronic controls. MRIGlobal supports the trial by conducting independent tests and analysis on the performance of the battery. MRIGlobal experts will examine environmental and economic performance, as well as the technical operations, durability, and reliability of the system.