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GE launches new battery storage platform Reservoir

CTBR Staff Writer Published 08 March 2018

General Electric (GE) has launched Reservoir, a new energy storage platform that can offer a suite of customized solutions.

The storage platform supports the integration of renewable into the grid to improve grid performance and operations, while reducing energy costs and enabling distributed, local generation.   

Each of the Reservoir storage unit is rated at 1.2MW, 4MWh and it is the fundamental building block of the platform.

The company said that the modular solution can help in integrating the company’s Battery Blade design (module stack design) with key technologies from across its portfolio to achieve high energy density and lifetime performance.

GE Power president and CEO Russell Stokes said: “The energy landscape is undergoing an unprecedented paradigm shift, as the growth of renewables, decentralization of power and digitization create both new challenges and opportunities in how power is generated, transmitted and distributed.

“GE’s Reservoir delivers the new type of energy system that customers are looking for to help manage electricity’s next chapter.”

The company's Blade Protection Unit (BPU) is claimed to actively balance the safety, life and production of each battery Blade to increase battery life by up to 15% and lessening fault currents by up to 5X.

Developed with innovative technology from GE’s Global Research Center, the Reservoir platform is a flexible, compact energy storage solution for AC or DC coupled systems, according to the company.

The platform also uses GE’s Predix and Edge controls technologies to offer data-driven insights to energy operators and help them in enhancing their systems. 

GE Power vice president and strategic technology officer Eric Gebhardt said: “GE’s Reservoir platform enables cost-effective distribution, storage, and utilization of cleaner, more reliable power where and when it is needed most.

“It can fit into most any setting, from centralized grid systems to the most remote villages and communities. The Reservoir also allows energy providers new degrees of flexibility for more intelligently managing and getting the most out of all their power assets.”

The firm said that the Reservoir already has a 20MW, 80MWh pre-launch commitment.

Image: GE’ Reservoir modular unit. Photo: Courtesy of General Electric.