Energy storage systems are crucial for the future of the electrical grid

Written By: Jen Neville
January 4, 2019

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Peak Power Inc., an energy services provider, noted that it had successfully completed the installation of 375 kW / 940 kWh of battery energy storage with GHP Realty, a division of Houlihan-Parnes Realtors, LLC, at their headquarters in New York. This project was funded in part through an incentive from a Con Edison Energy Efficiency program.

“Peak Power is proud to partner with GHP Realty, a well-respected leader in the New York real estate community,” stated Derek Lim Soo, CEO of Peak Power. “The electric industry is changing and energy storage systems can add tremendous value by reducing costs for building owners, while providing added resiliency and fast response grid services to the utility.”

This project represents one of the largest energy storage installations in a commercial building in New York. It features Lockheed Martin’s energy storage technology, paired with Peak Power’s intelligent software platform. The software optimizes the operation of distributed energy assets such as battery energy storage, electric vehicles, and solar.

It forecasts moments of peak demand on the grid through the use of Big Data and Machine Learning, a form of Artificial Intelligence. This project also utilizes Peak Power’s Building Insight Platform which uses internet embedded sensors within the building as part of a comprehensive energy management system.

“This project offers a glimpse into our clean energy future in which customers will have reliability and resiliency,” added Vicki Kuo, director of Energy Efficiency for Con Edison. “The owners of this building took advantage of our incentive program to install a technology that will lower their energy costs and enable them to earn revenue by reducing their usage when demand on our grid is high.”

The energy storage system would generate significant long-term savings and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from electricity use. It would also help reduce the need for power from Con Edison’s grid at times when the demand for electricity is high, which usually occurs on hot summer days. That would help Con Edison keep its service reliable for its 3.4 million customers in New York City and Westchester County. Energy storage systems are crucial for the future of the electrical grid to more effectively and efficiently balance variable generation with demand.

“We have been extremely impressed with Peak Power’s capabilities and the simplicity of the overall process,” noted Michael Cinicolo, Vice President of Property Management and Construction. “We are very excited to be one of the early adopters of energy storage in New York.”

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