Saft battery energy storage system boosts wind power in Canada

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Jacksonville, Fla., November 7, 2012 — Saft will design, produce and install a battery energy storage system for the Cowessess First Nation as part of the High Wind and Storage Project near the city of Regina, Saskatchewan.

The project will include two Intensium Max 20E lithium-ion battery containers.

The Regina project is the first wind power application for Saft in North America. The grid-connected ESS system will help optimize renewable wind power performance by increasing reliability and decreasing volatility by as much as 70 percent over the 15-year lifespan of the system. Each Li-ion ESS includes a 400kW Power Conditioning System for use in conjunction with an 800 kW utility scale wind turbine.

The system is designed to harness intermittent wind power and provide a more continuous and predictable output for both on-grid and off-grid applications. The High Wind and Storage Project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce electrical production costs, provide more renewable power to the grid and potentially lower electrical rates since the battery can be charged during off-peak periods and dispatched during periods of peak usage.

Saft has demonstrated that this base system can perform wind smoothing and achieve a maximum ramp rate of ten percent per minute of the rated power output of the 800kW wind turbine while also providing up to 400 kWh of peak shaving capability. The flexibility and scalability of Saft's solution also allows the energy content to be increased in 124 kWh increments up to 992kWh if additional peak shaving capability is desired.

The installation is scheduled to begin operation in early 2013.

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