RES Canada completes battery storage project in Ontario

Renewable Energy Systems Canada Inc. (RES Canada) announced Aug. 5 the final certification of the company’s second energy storage system, called Amphora.

RES Canada said it conceived, developed, and constructed the energy storage system, which it will own and operate. Located in Central Strathroy, west of London, Ontario, the system is comprised of a +/-4-MW (8 MW total range)/ 2.6 MWh lithium battery that will provide “frequency regulation” to Ontario’s grid operator, the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO). Amphora will operate under a three-year agreement with the IESO and has a lifespan of more than 10 years.

The site was provided by Entegrus, a utility providing electricity, renewable energy, and water supply to more than 40,000 customers in Southwestern Ontario.

Amphora was developed in response to a request for proposal issued by the IESO, through which it sought to procure up to 10 MW of regulation from alternative sources such as dispatchable loads, aggregated demand response, and storage technologies, including batteries and flywheels.

This energy storage system will allow the IESO to acquire experience with battery technology, RES Canada noted. The project utilizes lithium iron phosphate, an inherently safe variant of lithium battery chemistry, and consists of two containers that house batteries weighing approximately 20 tons each, as well as a third container that converts the direct current (DC) output to alternating current (AC) for the grid. The equipment was supplied by BYD America.

“RES Canada is pleased to bring our first Ontario energy storage project online,” said Peter Clibbon, Senior Vice President, RES Canada. “We believe investments in developing energy storage infrastructure are critical to improving the flexibility and efficiency of an increasingly complex grid system.”

“BYD is proud to work with RES Americas on this important project and appreciates their visionary leadership in the energy industry,” said Micheal Austin, Vice President of BYD America. “We share a common vision of a low-carbon electric grid that is enabled and balanced by battery energy storage.”

“Alternative technologies on the power grid are gaining momentum,” said Bruce Campbell, President and CEO of IESO. “This is the first grid-connected battery on the IESO’s system and the experience we gain will help demonstrate how this technology can help us balance power flows, and ultimately maintain reliability.” 

The global market for energy storage is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years, RES Canada pointed out. Navigant Research estimates that worldwide revenue from advanced batteries for utility-scale energy storage applications will grow from $164m in 2014 to more than $2.5bn in 2023.

RES Canada’s affiliate, RES Americas, delivered the company’s first 4-MW system in March 2014 in Sunbury, Ohio, for grid operator PJM Interconnection.

RES Canada is based in Montréal, Québec, and is engaged in the development and construction of renewable energy projects across Canada. The company has constructed or has under construction over 700 MW of projects. RES Canada is part of the RES Group, a leading international renewable energy developer, and is an affiliate of RES Americas.

BYD specializes in electrified public transportation, environmentally-friendly energy storage, affordable solar power and information technologies.

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