Younicos, with headquarters in Berlin, Germany, and Austin, Texas, has completed the installation and commissioning of an upgraded 3 MW battery-based energy storage system for the Kodiak Electric Association on Kodiak Island, Alaska. The upgrade included installation of advanced lithium-ion batteries, designed to extend the resource’s operational lifetime.
KEA is a not-for-profit electric utility that is owned by its members. KEA is guided by a nine member elected Board of Directors and managed by President/CEO Darron Scott.
Scott, commenting on the upgrade, said,“Younicos is a forward-thinking organization with proven technology that shares our belief in clean and affordable energy. As a cooperative, we’re owned by the island’s residents — who care about the environment and electricity rates. This upgraded battery system will ensure continued use of renewable energy, keeping our grid reliable and our costs down.”
In 2007, KEA set a goal to produce 95 percent of Kodiak Island’s energy from renewable sources by the year 2020. The utility reached that goal ahead of schedule in 2012. Since 2015, Kodiak Island has been one of only five U.S. cities to achieve over 99% of its generation through renewable resources. The use of increased amounts of wind energy to reach the goal while maintaining reliability was enabled by the intelligently controlled battery system originally designed — and now upgraded — by Younicos.
“We’re delighted to have worked again with KEA to upgrade this system and help support 100% renewables on the island,” said Jayesh Goyal, Younicos Managing Director.