ESS iron-flow battery to join solar microgrid at Pennsylvania industrial site
TerraSol Energies has selected iron power battery manufacturer ESS to provide an energy storage system for a commercial site in Pennsylvania. ESS’s Energy Warehouse system will integrate with solar PV as part of a microgrid to reduce electricity and backup power demand for Sycamore International, an Information Technology Asset Disposition (ITAD) company with a focus on data security.
“Sycamore International is a very demanding, environmentally conscious customer who wants a clean and reliable long-term storage solution combined with solar energy to ensure energy security and resilience in their facility,” said Dave Santoleri, president of TerraSol Energies. “The ESS Energy Warehouse delivers the right combination of performance, value and longevity, at a superior level of storage cost.”
“Power outages have a huge impact on our business, costing more than $40,000 a day in lost revenue,” said Steve Figgatt, CEO of Sycamore International. “We needed a solution that would ensure long-term backup power, if needed, with a favorable ROI and without security concerns. We have excluded lithium ion batteries and other flow battery chemicals due to toxicity and cost. ESS’s iron-based power battery provides the right combination of safety and durability with long asset life to match the expected life of our solar energy system.”
Commercial and industrial (C&I) energy consumers routinely face high demand costs based on peak periods, in addition to general energy costs. By using long-term energy storage to reduce electricity consumption during these peak periods, companies can realize significant savings, leverage renewable energy sources to reduce their carbon footprint and resist power outages from extreme weather and other causes.
“C&I customers are becoming increasingly aware of the costs and benefits of renewable energy storage for their operations,” said Hugh McDermott, Senior VP Sales and Business Development. “At the same time, there is an increasing demand for sustainable storage solutions that are safe for people and the planet and that do not rely on rare earth minerals and components with supply chain risks. Our flow battery products use iron, salt and water – ingredients that are readily available – and are made in America with domestic components, providing a strategic core technology to power the global energy transition.”
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