Wind farm gives up on storage after fire

Hawaiian Electric Co. has said it will replace its 15MW battery system, which was used to help stabilise the wind energy output for its grid, with a Dynamic Volt-Amp Reactive voltage regulation device, made by American Superconductor, at its Oahu North Shore site.

In August, a fire destroyed the Kahuku Wind Farm’s original energy storage system warehouse and caused damage that will cost US$8 million to rectify, reports Pacific Business News. Moreover, the work will not be completed for some time, meaning that the wind farm will be offline until late 2013.

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