Con Ed chases energy storage value

Con Edison is planning to put battery packs on wheels to help strengthen weak spots on the grid. Pic: Con Edison.

Con Edison is planning to put battery packs on wheels to help strengthen weak spots on the grid. Pic: Con Edison.

By Jason Deign

Next year the New York utility Consolidated Edison (Con Ed) hopes to profit from energy storage both sides of the meter… and all over town. It has projects underway for front-of-meter, behind-the-meter and even mobile energy storage.

The mobile energy storage demonstration project, unveiled six weeks ago, will involve the development of a three-strong fleet of battery trucks that can be driven out to deliver up to 1MW and 4MWh in stressed grid spots.

“Con Edison will determine where to deploy the batteries each summer based on the needs of its electrical networks,” said the company in a press release.

According to a company filing made to the New York State Department of Public Service in February, the fleet will be made up of two trucks each bearing 500kW and 2MWh of battery storage and a third with electrical switchgear.

Greensmith will be acting as system integrator for the Storage on Demand project, and will provide an energy management system to manage batteries provided by LG Chem. 
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