ESS and Burbank Water & Power celebrate commissioning of first iron flow battery system 

Specialists in long-duration energy storage (LDES) for commercial and utility-scale energy storage applications, ESS Tech, Inc., partnering with Burbank Water and Power (BWP) has celebrated the commissioning of BWP’s first LDES system.
ESS and Burbank Water & Power celebrate commissioning of first iron flow battery system 
Courtesy of ESS Inc.

Local elected officials and business and community leaders were on hand to celebrate the installation and commissioning of the 75 kW/500 kWh ESS Energy Warehouse iron flow battery on the BWP EcoCampus.

The ESS iron flow battery system has been installed and connected to a 265 kW solar array. Once fully operational it will provide power equivalent to the consumption of ~300 homes and will demonstrate the critical role of iron flow technology in a renewable, resilient energy system.

“This project represents a major step toward achieving our goal of 100 percent carbon free power by 2040” said Mandip Samra, General Manager of BWP. “The Energy Warehouse battery will enable our team to gain experience with iron flow long-duration energy storage technology which will be a linchpin of the renewable grid of the future.”

LDES will play a critical role in achieving California’s ambitious decarbonisation goal: 100 percent zero-emission electricity by 2045. The California Energy Storage Alliance estimates that the state will need 13,571 MW of LDES by 2028 to integrate intermittent renewable energy and optimise assets for a cleaner, more affordable and reliable grid.

This commissioning follows ESS’ recent attainment of IEEE 693 seismic certification for its Energy Center product line and builds on other recent commissioning and delivery milestones with customers including the US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Turlock Irrigation District. 

“Visionary utilities like Burbank Water and Power are leading the way to the clean energy future by incorporating advanced long-duration energy storage technologies today” added Eric Dresselhuys, CEO of ESS. “We look forward to working with BWP and other leading utilities in California and beyond for years to come.”

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ESS Tech, Inc.

Burbank Water and Power (BWP)

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