Western Power Distribution (WPD), a distribution network operator in the UK, will install five GE Durathon systems during 2013.
GE’s Energy Storage business has announced the first European sale of its Durathon energy storage system. Western Power Distribution (WPD), a distribution network operator in the UK, will install five of the 100 kWh systems during Q3 2013 as part of "Project FALCON" (Flexible Approaches to Low Carbon Optimised Networks), a four year project led by WPD.
The project is partially funded through the U.K. regulator Ofgem’s Low Carbon Network Fund and aims to develop a new computer-based modelling tool to identify the best way of delivering investment on the network. The system will be able to identify the most cost effective ‘smart’ or ‘conventional’ way of delivering additional network capacity to facilitate the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan. One of the ‘smart’ methods being trialled is Energy Storage.
The project will be the first time that GE Energy Storage has integrated its energy storage system with a distribution management system (DMS) in the European market. WPD plans to install 100 kWh systems at five of its high voltage substations in Milton Keynes, located 45 miles northwest of London.
"This trial will demonstrate the impact that the Durathon energy storage system can have in a real-world, utility distribution network," said Prescott Logan, general manager of GE Energy Storage. "It is designed to provide vital data that can be used to enhance utility services and reduce operating expenses — a savings that could ultimately be passed on to customers."
During the trial, WPD plans to use the Durathon systems to enhance network efficiency through voltage support, improved power quality and electrical noise reduction. The energy storage systems also are expected to help WPD defer expensive network