General Electric has launched the GE Reservoir, a grid-scale energy storage solution. According to the company, it has already received its first order for a 20 MW, 80 MWh project expected to be deployed in 2019.
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“GE’s Reservoir delivers the new type of energy system that customers are looking for to help manage electricity’s next chapter,” said Russell Stokes, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Power.
The Reservoir platform, developed with technology from GE’s Global Research Center, is a flexible, compact energy storage solution for AC or DC coupled systems. GE states it “delivers an estimated 15% improved lifecycle on the batteries, 5% higher efficiency and reduced installation time and costs.”
“At the GRC, we were able to originate a new idea and then pull from technologies across the Center to rapidly prototype, test and then productize this breakout storage platform,” said Keith Longtin, Senior Executive and Product Breakout Leader at GE Global Research
The 20-foot-long, 1.2 MW, 4 MWh modular unit is the fundamental building block of GE’s Reservoir platform. It integrates GE’s Battery Blade design (module stack design) with technologies from across the company’s portfolio to achieve what the company claims is an industry-leading energy density, footprint and lifetime performance.
The modular system has multiple installation and cabling options including pad or pier and has an all-weather design and high-efficiency cooling system.
GE’s Reservoir also enables other diverse applications that include: Managing higher levels of renewable power, grid stabilization, peak demand management and controlling energy flow. By enabling better asset utilization and overall system management, customers can realize new revenue opportunities and cost savings as well.