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Germany



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Company/Institution: Pfalzsolar GmbH

Location: Germany

Project Name: Solar park "Brandholz"

Description: The solar park "Brandholz" is large scale PV project that is located on a completed part of a former landfill site in the “Hochtaunuskreis” in the middle of Hesse, Germany. The solar park “Brandholz” will have a total capacity of 1.2 MW. Due to the special ground conditions very strict construction specifications must be observed. A distance of 1.6 meters between the ground and the modules has to be kept. Compared to other landfill projects, this is an unusual exception.

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USA



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Company/Institution: BYD

Location: USA

Project Name: Beech Ridge Wind Storage 31.5 MW

Description: The 31.5 MW Beech Ridge energy storage developed by Invenergy is located adjacent to its 100.5 MW wind farm in West Virginia. Beech Ridge will use stored wind energy to provide fast-response frequency regulation to the PJM Interconnection ancillary services market. The energy storage device will have a combined nominal output of up to 31.5 MW, comprised of eighteen 1.8 MW modules. Each 1.8 MW module includes: one standard shipping container housing four battery strings; four 450 kW inverters to convert power between direct current and alternating current; a chiller to cool the battery containers; and a transformer for the inverter.

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South Africa



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Company/Institution: Abengoa Solar

Location: South Africa

Project Name: Xina Solar One Power Plant

Description: Abengoa has been selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) of South Africa to develop Xina Solar One, a 100 MW parabolic trough plant with a five-hour thermal energy storage system using molten salts. This project will form the largest solar complex in Africa together with Abengoa’s plant KaXu Solar One that is currently under construction in the country. Xina Solar One was awarded to Abengoa in the third round of renewable energy projects organized by the Department of Energy of South Africa.

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USA



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Company/Institution: Duke Energy

Location: USA

Project Name: Rankin Avenue substation

Description: Duke Energy has installed a 402 kW/282 kWh, NaNiCl energy storage system (ESS) at their Rankin Avenue substation to mitigate photovoltaic (PV)-induced power swings. In this demonstration, SNL and Duke will develop control algorithms to increase the utilization of the ESS, thereby creating additional value.

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Korea, South



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Company/Institution: LG Chem

Location: Korea, South

Project Name: West-Ansung (Seo-Anseong) Substation ESS Pilot Project - 28 MW ESS - KEPCO / Kokam / LG Chem

Description: KEPCO established a plan to build 500 MW of energy storage systems (ESS) for frequency regulation in stages over four years (2014-2017). In 2014, for the first stage, KEPCO successfully installed 52 MW of ESS for frequency regulation across two sites, 28 MW at West-Ansung Substation and 24 MW at Shin-Yongin Substation. KEPCO installed 28 MW (7 MWh) of Li-ion battery based energy storage for frequency regulation. Kokam provided Lithium-titanate (LTO) based Lithium Polymer battery energy storage for 16 MW / 5.4 MWh and LG Chem provided 12 MW. The ESS is currently in commercial operation as of June 2015 (Note: System testing took place before commercial operation from January 2015 to June 2015).

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UK



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Company/Institution: MOZES

Location: UK

Project Name: SENSIBLE

Description: The European-funded project will allow participating homes to store excess solar energy in either batteries or hot water tanks for use in the evenings. The project will also research the issues and parameters of community energy schemes that sell and share self-generated energy from homes in the project. It will use 'communal batteries' as part of this, located in the area's schools. Some 37 homes from across the neighbourhood will take part in the project, and 22 of these will receive technology that will allow them to use significantly more of their clean green energy generated from their own PV panels. Installation begins early 2017.

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Italy



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Company/Institution: NGK Insulators Ltd.

Location: Italy

Project Name: Terna SANC Project (3)

Description: NGK Insulators, Ltd.and Terna S.p.A, Italy's largest transmission system operator (TSO) came to a framework agreement for supply of a NaS battery system. This represents the first large scale NaS battery energy storage system installation in European grid system. According to the framework agreement, maximum quantity equal to 70,000 kW (490,000 kWh for 7 hours discharge) of the NaS battery system will be supplied for installation in the Italian transmission grid. The first phase order under this agreement is expected with the volume of 35,000 kW (245,000 kWh) for about 100 million euros. TERNA plans to utilize the NaS battery at a substation in order to balance the demand and supply of electricity instantaneously and stabilize the transmission grid for optimum performance under the massive increase of intermittent renewable energy.

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Germany



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Company/Institution: RWTH Aachen University

Location: Germany

Project Name: M5BAT - Modular Multi-Megawatt Multi-Technology Medium voltage BATtery energy storage system Electrical Energy Storage Project

Description: hybrid battery energy storage system, combining 5 different battery types, hybrid operation with online-optimization of load allocation, financed by BMWi

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Chile



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Company/Institution: Soltec

Location: Chile

Project Name: La Silla

Description: The La Silla Solar Plant is located in the outskirts of Atacama Desert at 1,800 meters altitude. Soltec developed the first solar trackers mounting bifacial modules at a utility-scale in this project. This tracker model maximizes yield production thanks to the exploitation of the sun light reflected on the ground.

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USA



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Company/Institution: Southern California Edison

Location: USA

Project Name: SCE Tehachapi Wind Energy Storage Project

Description: The TSP is located at SCE’s Monolith Substation in Tehachapi, California. The 8 MW, 4 hours (32 MWh) BESS is housed in a 6,300 square foot facility and 2 x 4 MW/4.5 MVA smart inverters are on a concrete pad adjacent to the BESS facility. The project will evaluate the capabilities of the BESS to improve grid performance and assist in the integration of large-scale intermittent generation, e.g., wind.

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