Whether connected to a main electricity grid or not, commercial and industrial (C&I) microgrids are increasingly able to offer resilient and independent power supply and — perhaps more importantly — electricity cost reductions.
Global equipment manufacturer Caterpillar has supplied hybrid energy solutions technology including 7.5MW of battery storage to the microgrid powering a gold mine in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
The suitability of battery storage and other advanced energy technology equipment for enabling greater integration of renewable energy onto Poland’s electricity grid has been successfully verified at the Polish-Japanese Smart Grid Demonstration Project.
London-headquartered investment fund GLIL Infrastructure has invested £150 million into Flexion Energy, a “modern utility company and energy storage infrastructure specialist” which is aiming to build 1GW of energy storage in the UK over five years.
When the frequency of Ireland’s electricity grid dropped below normal operating range in May, two large-scale battery storage projects stepped in to help within 180 milliseconds, injecting power to help support and stabilise the network.