Green Charge, an Engie company, has announced a demonstration project with Hawaiian Electric Company to bring distributed energy storage services to the University of Hawaii medical campus near downtown Honolulu.
“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.”
GridSynergy systems have been installed at University of Hawaii Cancer Center and the John A. Burns School of Medicine. 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.
“Energy Storage powered by GridSynergy allows Hawaiian Electric to become more agile, diversified, and decentralized while lowering costs,” said Mark Triplett, COO at Green Charge. “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.”
Green Charge was named the number one energy storage company by Navigant Research. In addition to commercial projects, the company develops turnkey grid-scale energy storage. Green Charge energy storage systems are monitored, optimized, and controlled through its proprietary software platform. The system includes storage, a customized indoor and outdoor lithium-ion-based battery storage unit, and software providing visibility and analytics to enable customers to optimize energy use and savings.