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Consumers Energy selects Doosan GridTech to deliver energy storage system

Published 03 April 2018

Consumers Energy has selected Doosan GridTech to supply an energy storage system that will be deployed at the Colony Farm substation in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Parkview storage system will have a capacity of one megawatt which is enough energy to power 1,000 homes for an hour.

Consumers Energy’s transformation, engineering and operations support senior vice president Jean-Francois Brossoit said: “More than 40 percent of the energy we produce will come from renewable sources and energy storage by 2040, so this battery storage project is an important step today.

“We look forward to innovating with Doosan GridTech to help meet our new clean energy goal while still providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to Michigan homes and businesses.”

The battery energy storage system (BESS) will be controlled by Doosan’s Intelligent Controller (DG-IC) ? one of the first software control systems built on open standard interfaces. The DG-IC is the ‘brains’ within each system with intelligence to coordinate multiple real and reactive operating modes and be scheduled remotely.

Other system components include Samsung’s lithium-ion batteries and Ingeteam’s power conversion system. Doosan’s engineering partner, Commonwealth Associates, will be the project’s engineer-of-record, providing multidiscipline installation design.

The DG-IC also complies with the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) specifications for software communications between components of a BESS as well as between the BESS and a utility’s control room.

A founding member of MESA, Doosan has worked with utilities such as Austin Energy, Duke Energy, Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish Public Utility District to drive development of MESA standards adoption in grid-scale applications.

Doosan GridTech CEO Daejin Choi said: “We are honored that Consumers Energy has chosen us to deliver one of their first battery energy storage systems.

“The Parkview system is one in a series of EPC turnkey projects we delivered in the last three years. This solidifies our position as the leader in utility-integrated storage systems. Again, the combination of a competitively priced turnkey system with an open standards-based software architecture was a winning proposition for the utility.

“Turnkey delivery provides simplicity of purchase while an open standards-based software architecture ensures flexibility across both technology options and suppliers. This is important for both utilities and other front-of-the-meter BESS owners.”

Source: Company Press Release