Convergent Energy and Power provides BESS to Ford’s Ontario plant


Energy storage developer Convergent Energy and Power has deployed a 4MW/8MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) for Ford Motor’s engine plant in Ontario, Canada.

The BESS will power the automotive group’s Essex Engine Plant in Windsor, Ontario, during peak power consumption periods. Convergent’s AI-powered BESS will strategically reduces the facility’s electricity consumption from the grid.

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The energy storage market in Ontario has to-date been mainly focused on similar medium-sized behind-the-meter systems at commercial and industrial (C&I) locations, helping large electricity users lower their peak demand charges.

However, the utility-scale, grid-connected sector is likely to grow with the regional government recently targeting 1,500-2,500MW of procurements over the next few years.

“The battery storage system provided by Convergent Energy and Power is a strong example of how batteries can support the auto industry at the plant level while also supporting the electric grid serving Ford and the surrounding community,” said Thomas Reeber, Plant Manager at the Ford Essex Plant.

Convergent is active across North America, with deployments announced this year in Puerto Rico, New York, Massachusetts and California, the majority in the low double-digit MW range. It has over 500MW/800MWh of energy storage and solar-plus-storage capacity operating or in development.’ publisher Solar Media will host the 5th Energy Storage Summit USA, 28-29 March 2023 in Austin, Texas. Featuring a packed programme of panels, presentations and fireside chats from industry leaders focusing on accelerating the market for energy storage across the country. For more information, go to the website.

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