Dominic Energy recently announced plans to launch four lithium-ion battery energy storage pilot projects in Virginia, USA, to help assess the need for energy storage technologies to help improve the reliability of wind and solar power generation.
The lithium-ion battery pilot project will study four specific energy storage applications with a total generating capacity of 16 megawatts. It is estimated to cost about $33 million and, if approved, will be operational in December 2020. Specific projects include:
10MW and 2MW systems at the Scott Solar facility in Bovatan County
2MW system at Ashland Substation
2MW system at the new Kent substation
It is understood that these four pilot projects focus on specific applications of different aspects of battery energy storage, from peaking and power production optimization to grid management, voltage and load issues.
The company’s official said: “In recent years, battery storage has made great strides in efficiency and cost. These pilot projects will enable companies to understand how best to configure batteries to help overcome the inherent fluctuations in wind and solar resources.”
According to Virginia law, the company can invest up to 30 megawatts of battery energy storage, which is in line with future expansion of renewable energy incentives and battery storage costs. Battery storage is expected to play a vital role in the transition from the US grid to a carbon-free future, but it will also face new challenges.
At the same time, the company is still working on other battery technologies, such as flow batteries, and the company has submitted a proposal for up to 500 megawatts of solar and onshore wind power to Virginia.