Electrovaya offers TESS to Con Edison for grid support

Electrovaya, the Canadian-headquartered lithium ion polymer firm, announced in September that it has kicked off a project to design and build an advanced Transportable Energy Storage System (TESS), an adaption of Electrovaya’s standard stationary energy storage system. The client is Consolidated Edison, the New York utility.

The system will be designed to meet Con Edison’s requirements and ultimately be utilized for grid support and as an alternative to the standard mobile diesel systems. TESS will operate using lithium ion batteries.

The system will store up to 500kW of electricity, and provide up to 800kWh of energy to the grid for the purposes of increased grid efficiency and resiliency during outages. The project received support through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) Smart Grid Program as part of state governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), a comprehensive energy strategy to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

Con Edison uses portable diesel generators for dispatchable, temporary on-site energy needs. Energy storage technology provides a much cleaner method of portable energy availability.

The TESS is expected to be delivered to Con Edison in Q2 2016.

Separately, Electrovaya, announced in September that its wholly owned subsidiary, Litarion, has signed a contract for about €18.5 million ($20 million) to supply battery products to an unspecified German company in the non-automotive space. About €2.8 million of the contract will be delivered in 2015.

“As part of our business development activities, we are finding tremendous interest for our lithium ion battery products in Germany and Europe across all business segments including e-mobility and energy storage. This contract is a strong start to the very large demand for our products across these multiple sectors,” says Maxime Vidricaire, head of business development at Litarion.