Solar/energy storage system up and running in Ohio

A 7-MW/3 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy system powered by LG Chem Ltd. batteries has been commissioned for S&C Electric, making it one of the largest solar and energy storage systems in the United States.

LG Chem said in a June 9 statement that commercial operation of the system will be run by its owner Half Moon Ventures (HMV), a renewable energy company, and will be used primarily by the local municipal utility of the Village of Minster, Ohio.

The battery energy storage system (BESS) and 4.2-MW solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are installed in the service territory of the Village of Minster. The BESS provides four distinct revenue streams for HMV and the Village: Frequency regulation; Transmission & Distribution cost deferral; Power quality improvements; and Peak demand shaving.

LG Chem said the project is an example of how energy storage provides multiple value streams for numerous stakeholders, while providing end users with improved services and reliability, especially for the 61 million customers served by the PJM Interconnection.

LG Chem delivered an integrated battery solution, battery installation supervision, and commissioning to S&C, which integrated the overall system with the electric grid and provided the power conversion system.

“This project is a key example of how energy storage can generate tangible revenue streams while providing critical grid services,” said Mike Edmunds, president, U.S. Business Unit at S&C. “S&C has been able to deliver a comprehensive energy storage solution through its collaboration with LG Chem and is very proud to be moving the energy storage industry forward.”

“LG Chem is continuing to provide world-class solutions for key customers and projects worldwide,” said Sunghoon Jang, senior vice president, Energy Solution, LG Chem. “Collaboration on this project with S&C has provided not only key learnings, but also a system that provides the community with critical grid services, as well as commercially viable revenue streams for the system owner and local utility.”

S&C, with global headquarters in Chicago, is applying its heritage of innovation to address challenges facing the world’s power grids and is thus shaping the future of reliable electricity delivery. The mission of employee-owned S&C is to continually develop new solutions for electricity delivery, fostering the improved efficiency and reliability required for the intelligent grid.

LG Chem is one of the world’s largest lithium-ion battery manufacturers with significant market share in consumer, automotive and stationary applications.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.