The energy storage system will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the island’s diesel generators. By deploying stored energy during times of peak power demand, the Smart Grid SMS permits Catalina Island generators to run at a specific percentage of capacity for optimal performance and decreased carbon emissions.
Thomas Barker, Senior Engineer with Southern California Edison, says, “Working with an islanded grid poses unique challenges for reliable power delivery. Installing a comprehensive storage system helps us run more efficiently and reduce our emissions – all while effectively managing load changes to ensure consistent service for our 3000 island residents plus the many visitors to the island.”
S&C is the most experienced provider of energy storage systems in the United States, having successfully furnished, installed and commissioned 12 MW of sodium-sulfur battery storage throughout the country since 2006, with another 12 MW planned for 2011. Among the completed projects are three of the world’s first islanding applications.
Jim Sember, S&C’s Vice President of Power Quality Products, adds: “Energy storage enhances utilization of renewable energy resources, and it reduces the need for fossil-fuel-fired generation to serve peak demand and maintain a stable grid. S&C continues to innovate new solutions that are helping utilities realize the full potential of energy storage in building a greener grid.”
Based in Chicago, S&C develops new solutions for electricity delivery. For more information, visit www.sandc.com.