Leclanché secures business with 53 MWh storage project in Ontario

Leclanché S.A., a battery energy storage solution provider out of Europe, said April 19 that it has formally received a US$28.9 million (CHF 27.9 million) purchase order to deliver one of the world’s largest stationary storage systems to the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) in Ontario, Canada.

This purchase order, covering the primary battery and power conversion equipment for the project, is part of the previously announced US$45 million project construction scope to be managed by Leclanché.  

The IESO order represents Leclanché’s first major project in North America, where the company is positioning itself to become a leader in the fast-growing North American energy storage market. When installed, the 53 MWh Ontario project, to be distributed across six separate sites, will be one of the largest battery energy storage projects in operation in the world.

Leclanché said it has partnered with Deltro Energy Inc., which will procure, design and construct the site facilities, balance of plant scope and high voltage connections to the grid. The company is targeting the completion of the initial phases of the project on schedule late in the third quarter of 2016, despite a minor fire which occurred earlier in April in part of its factory in Willstaett, Germany.

This single purchase order represents a 53% increase to the company’s 2015 turnover. “Our strategy and execution proves that in today’s economic environment, Swiss industrial companies can successfully compete globally in high-technology and fast growth markets to deliver value,” said Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché. “We continue to win industry landmark projects thanks to our vertically integrated energy storage system offering and world-class turnkey project delivery capabilities.”

Srivastava added: “The Company is building upon investments already made and scaling up its operation to deliver between 150MWh to 200MWh of industrial grade energy storage systems in 2017, thus firmly putting ourselves on the path to delivering sustainable profitable growth.”

Leclanché is a fully vertically integrated, battery energy storage solution provider. It delivers a wide range of turnkey energy storage solutions for homes, small offices, large industries, electricity grids, as well as hybridization for mass transport systems such as bus fleets and ferries. Established in 1909, Leclanché today has a portfolio of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) that include bespoke battery systems from industry leading lithium-ion solutions. Since 2006, the company moved from a traditional battery producer to become one of the first developers, manufacturers and provided of lithium-ion cells in Europe.

Leclanché’s BESS offerings are optimized for various applications, in particular for the integration of renewable energy, diesel fuel reduction, electricity grid-connected ancillary services, peak power shaving for heavy industries, as well as for heavy duty transportation in buses, trams, trains or maritime vessels. Leclanché operates a fully automated plant for the production of large format lithium-ion cells at an annual maximum capacity of up to one million cells and is capable of running multiple chemistries through production for different cell characteristics.

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