Gulf Power Takes On Large Scale Rechargeable Battery Tech

July 13, 2017

Gulf Power and its parent, Southern Company, Wednesday officially launched the latest battery storage research project in Southern Company’s operating territory. The project represents another important milestone in the work to build the future of energy.
The two-year McCrary Battery Energy Storage Demonstration will demonstrate the capabilities and requirements of an energy storage system designed to help industrial and commercial customers store and use energy on demand, while improving resiliency and potentially helping customers save on energy costs in the future.

Located in Pensacola, at Gulf Power’s Douglas L. McCrary Training and Storm Center on Pine Forest Road, the new research project will test and evaluate a 250 kilowatt/1 megawatt-hour Tesla Powerpack lithium-ion industrial energy storage system. Insights gained from the Gulf Power demonstration are expected to accelerate the development of battery storage technology across the Southern Company system. The lithium-ion technology under evaluation is the same battery chemistry used in electric vehicles and consumer electronics such as laptops.

Company executives and experts hosted a commissioning and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the project’s opening.

“Gulf Power is proud to be involved in this battery energy storage demonstration at the McCrary Training and Storm Center and to be in the forefront of evaluating innovative energy technologies,” said Stan Connally, Gulf Power Chairman, President, and CEO.  “Throughout our history, we have been host to the development of energy solutions that have resulted in greater energy efficiency, cleaner energy production, and value for our customers – and this commissioning event signals our on-going commitment to build a better energy future.”

“At Southern Company, we are constantly broadening our industry-leading expertise to harness new technologies that can deliver clean, safe, reliable, affordable energy to customers,” said Southern Company Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene. “This collaborative research project with Gulf Power will deepen our understanding of battery energy storage systems and the value they can provide.”

The McCrary Battery Energy Storage Demonstration was developed by Southern Company research and development in partnership with Gulf Power and with support from the Electric Power Research Institute and Tesla.

Specifically, the project aims to further the understanding of the siting, installation and operational requirements of commercial- and industrial-scale energy storage systems. It will provide information on the advantages battery storage can offer customers and energy providers through peak shaving, demand management, ancillary services, energy arbitrage and backup power.

Prior to the McCrary Center battery energy storage project, the energy company launched a Powerwall home battery system in partnership with SolarEdge and Tesla for several applications including rooftop solar energy storing, maximizing the impact of time-of-use rates by charging directly from the grid, and for studying the technology to see the benefits of power grid reliability and efficiency.

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3 Responses to “Gulf Power Takes On Large Scale Rechargeable Battery Tech”

  1. js on July 14th, 2017 10:47 am

    Is this another…”we need to up rates again for technology”…then get gov’t. subsidies after the fact and keep it on the down low?

  2. noyb on July 13th, 2017 6:51 pm

    You are dreaming gulf power is ripping people off and they are not about to stop.

  3. Grand Locust on July 13th, 2017 1:23 pm

    A big thumbs up to Gulf Power. If we can store power, we can make the grid more efficient, an we can anticipate lower rates or stable rates.

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