Leclanché Completes Projects Accelerating the Integration of Renewables into the Grid

Filmed By: Jen Neville
January 16, 2019

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Leclanché is well positioned to capitalize on the fast-growing Utility-Scale Energy Storage market. According to Navigant Research, there was more than 1GW of annual deployment in 2017, growing to 30GW annual capacity by 2026.

Leclanché recently announced it had achieved an important milestone in the industry. This important milestone has now been achieved. The Company had expected to complete more than 100MWh of stationary storage projects around the world including:

– PV Integration in Distribution grid: EPFL/ Romande Energy, Switzerland
– Micro-grid integrating wind and solar: Graciólica, Graciosa, Portugal
– Utility Grid-tied Frequency Regulation and Ancillary Services: Ellwood, Canadian Solar; Cremzow phase 1, Berlin Germany; Marengo, Chicago (one of the largest grid-tied regulation services projects in the PJM market)  USA; Basin 1&2,Toronto Canada; SWB, Germany; S4Energy, Netherlands
– Commercial and Industrial Customer: NRStor Monarch, Ontario, Canada

The growth in demand for Leclanché’s stationary storage solutions to accelerate the integration of renewables into the grid, and the demand for grid to EV storage solutions promises to make this year an important one for the Company.

Leclanché's energy storage solutions helped to clean up Graciosa’s energy supply by integrating over 70% renewable energy into the island’s grid. This project was a testament that they could reduce the dependence on dirty fuels, in this case diesel, and substantially increase the integration of renewables into the electricity supply.

Leclanché’s Lithium Titanate Cells (LTO)-based Battery Energy Storage System was selected to power this landmark project. The long life performance attributes of LTO Cells are at the heart of this microgrid project, as they maximize the integration of wind energy, are able to withstand the thousands of micro cycles and stress on the battery system, and their long life supports the long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for this project.

This achievement is fantastic for the people of Graciosa and the energy storage solution could be replicated on other islands. Utilities, auto manufacturers, fleet operators, fast charging infrastructure companies and AI applications, require smarter, faster and greener energy storage solutions. Leclanché's complete solutions, based on advanced cell technology coupled with grid to EV know-how, makes them a unique partner of choice.

Dom Hughes, Director of Graciólica, stated: “Completing this project has required patient investors and the collective efforts of a large team of highly talented engineers from around the world, including from our customer, EDA, and our own team on site. Tractebel coordinated the project in 2018 working with Greensmith Energy as the provider of hybrid microgrid technology and solution, and Leclanché who supplied the battery system. Greensmith’s GEMS controls platform is central to the plant’s operation. This project will provide 100% clean energy under the right conditions, as well as, provide fully automated grid forming services to EDA”

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