Japanese trader Sumitomo Corp is investing in a battery power storage system in Ohio to balance the electricity grid serving the northeastern United States. It has commissioned Renewable Energy Systems Americas (RES) to develop and construct the system and will employ Toshiba lithium ion batteries.
The system is built for the frequency regulation market operated by PJM, the US’ largest independent service operator of wholesale electricity. It will be located at Willey Battery Utility (WBU)’s facility in Ohio with a capacity of 2 MWh and a maximum output of 6 MW.
While this is its first investment in large-scale stand-alone battery storage facilties in US, Sumitomo has plans to expand into Texas and California.
Toshiba will maintain the battery power storage system, which will use the RESolve energy storage platform, a proprietary technology developed and managed by RES, to handle monitoring, dispatch and control of the system.
Construction will start this month and it is expected to begin operations in December.
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