Greensmith, Leclanche team for 20-MW battery project in Illinois

Greensmith Energy announced Dec. 13 that Leclanché has selected Greensmith to provide a turn-key 20MW/10MWh system in Marengo, Ill., which is just outside of Chicago.

As Greensmith’s fifth system operating within the PJM Interconnection market, the site will provide frequency regulation as the main use-case. Leclanché will provide the batteries and work with Greensmith to deliver the project. This site will be commissioned by May 2017.

“Leclanché is committed to acting as EPC contractor and providing fully integrated energy storage solutions to electricity generation markets and in transmission & distribution markets,” said Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché SA. “We are thrilled to partner with technology leaders in the space such as Greensmith Energy to deliver safe and reliable power to the PJM market.”

“As grid operators look to new technologies to improve power quality and reliability of the grid, advanced energy storage has proven to be an effective and superior provider of frequency regulation for a number of markets including PJM,” said John Jung, President and CEO of Greensmith. “We are pleased to partner with Leclanché on this important initiative as Greensmith strengthens its position in grid-scale energy storage and software—along with expansion into C&I and microgrid deployments.”

Greensmith said its software platform is the most widely-deployed energy storage software solution—powering 130 MW/180 MWh globally. Greensmith enables the most-advanced and proven energy storage systems by providing robust yet flexible feature functionality for grid-scale, behind-the-meter and microgrid storage control architecture.

Leclanché is one of the world’s leading fully vertically integrated battery energy storage solution providers. 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.

As one of the largest providers of energy storage software and integration services, Greensmith’s mission is to make energy storage a fundamental part of a cleaner, more intelligent and distributed energy infrastructure. Now in its fifth generation, Greensmith’s GEMS software platform optimizes the performance of energy storage by lowering costs and maximizing system return on investment throughout life.

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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.