City Utilities of Springfield, Missouri, is partnering with NorthStar, an energy storage provider owned by Swedish private equity company Altor, on a pilot energy storage project.
The 1 MWh project will include NorthStar’s BLUE+ technology that uses thin plate lead carbon (TPLC) batteries.
The pilot project aims to study the ability of energy storage to supplement demand during times of peak usage.
City Utilities, like many power providers, s adapting to an influx of renewable energy resources on its grid.
The project with NorthStar will enable City Utilities to explore the use of a utility-scale battery storage system and determine how well it can manage system peak loads.
“The opportunity to provide a platform for research that supports renewable integration options for our customers and potentially globally is something everyone at CU is excited about”, Scott Miller, City Utilities’ general manager, said in a statement.
The storage system will include NorthStar’s remote monitoring system that uses Bluetooth communication to aggregate and display data on a system level. The storage project is expected to be online by September 2017.