Hawaiian Electric partners on energy storage pilot

Green Charge, an ENGIE company, has announced a partnership with Hawaiian Electric Company to demonstrate a distributed energy storage services project at the University of Hawaii.

Green Charge has installed GridSynergy systems at the University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the John A. Burns School of Medicine.

The GridSynergy solution includes a lithium-ion battery energy storage unit and a software providing visibility and analytics to enable customers to optimise energy use and savings.

The demonstration project will test the storage systems’ capability to reduce peak demand charges for the university while helping the utility maintain reliable service for all customers by providing services to control and regulate the grid.

“This demonstration project is a case study for the use of customer resources to deliver grid service as a part of our integrated demand response portfolio,” said Rich Barone, Hawaiian Electric manager of demand response.

“Historically in Hawaii, behind-the-meter energy storage has not participated in regulated markets, but this project will allow Hawaiian Electric to test the grid services contribution in a cost-effective and scalable way.”

Mark Triplett, COO at Green Charge, added: “Energy Storage powered by GridSynergy allows Hawaiian Electric to become more agile, diversified, and decentralised while lowering costs.

“The unique capabilities of GridSynergy allow the utility to view and control a fleet of distributed energy resources as a ‘virtual power plant’ and leverage those resources to augment its traditional frequency regulation fleet.”