Energy storage provider Alevo Group announced Wednesday that its first GridBank storage unit has been approved for shipping and installation after passing the factory acceptance testing (FAT) procedures at Parker Hannifin’s Energy Grid-Tie Division.
Alevo and Parker Hannifin have both conducted a series of validation and application tests on the 2MW unit to verify the GridBank’s performance based on safety, power, thermal stability, communications, response rates and ability to deliver specific applications.
Jim Hoelscher, general manager of Parker Hannifin’s energy grid tie division, said: “We have been testing the GridBank in conjunction with Alevo since August and are satisfied the unit operates as per its design intent. Parker has conducted a series of robust tests as part of a jointly developed factory acceptance test program and initial results confirm the Alevo GridBank capabilities, including its high power among other attributes. We are excited to see the field performance and proud to have played a key role in this historic milestone.”
The unit will be used primarily for frequency regulation and charging/discharging cycles in durations of less than an hour. Due to a long cycle life, the Alevo GridBank’s estimated 20-year duty cycle provides a grid asset that has the lowest total cost of ownership of any storage technology on the market.
Christopher Christiansen, president of Alevo Energy, said: “We are excited to get our first GridBank in the field with many more to follow. We can now demonstrate what makes a GridBank’s safety and performance characteristic unique in the market. With our non-flammability and full range of usable capacity, we are capable of following PJM’s enhanced Reg D signal accurately."