The multi-year demonstration project was initiated in 2010, and is being led by New York’s Consolidated Edison.

GCN’s scope of work includes the installation and operation of a network of Smart Storage and Generation Units in the distribution grid that communicate directly with Con Edison.

Site selections include several convenience stores as well as other channels of business including car rental locations, hotels and parking garages all in the New York City area.

Saft will provide energy storage systems totaling close to 1MWh, utilizing the Synerion 24M high-energy lithium-ion batteries.

Installation is expected to commence in March 2012.

Saft North America Sales, Energy Storage vice president Blake Frye said smart grid technology is critically important in the modernization of electricity delivery, and this partnership enables Saft to provide cutting-edge solutions to a major program in New York City.