GE Energy Storage Announces First European Sale of DMS-Integrated Energy
Advanced energy storage technology to increase capacity and lower costs over
SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- April 04, 2013
GE’s [NYSE: GE] Energy Storage business announced today the first European
sale of its Durathon* energy storage system. Western Power Distribution (WPD),
a major distribution network operator in the U.K, will install five Durathon
100 kilowatt-hour energy storage systems during Q3 2013 as part of “Project
FALCON” (Flexible Approaches to Low Carbon Optimized Networks), a four year
project led by WPD.
The project is partially funded through the U.K. Office of Gas and Electricity
Markets’ (Ofgem’s) Low Carbon Network Fund and aims to develop a new
computer-based modeling tool to identify the best way of delivering investment
on the network. The system will be able to identify the most cost effective
‘smart’ or ‘conventional’ way of delivering additional network capacity to
facilitate the UK Low Carbon Transition Plan. One of the ‘smart’ methods being
trialed is Energy Storage.
“We selected the Durathon energy storage system because it provides the
performance and functionality we need while being small enough to fit into our
network’s substations,” said Ben Godfrey, Innovation and Low Carbon Networks
Engineer with WPD. “The real-time performance data collected during the trial
will help us manage our network more efficiently, which, in the long run,
should minimise costs for customers.”
The project will be the first time that GE Energy Storage has integrated its
Durathon energy storage system with a distribution management system (DMS) in
the European market. WPD plans to install 100 kilowatt-hour systems at five of
its high voltage substations in Milton Keynes, located 45 miles northwest of
“This trial will demonstrate the impact that the Durathon energy storage
system can have in a real-world, utility distribution network,” said Prescott
Logan, General Manager of GE Energy Storage. “It is designed to provide vital
data that can be used to enhance utility services and reduce operating
expenses — a savings that could ultimately be passed on to customers.”
During the trial, WPD plans to use the Durathon systems to enhance network
efficiency through voltage support, improved power quality and electrical
noise reduction. The energy storage systems also are expected to help WPD
defer expensive network upgrades.
*Durathon is a trademark of General Electric Company.
About Western Power Distribution
Western Power Distribution is the electricity distribution network operator
for the Midlands, South Wales and the South West regions of the United
Kingdom. The company delivers electricity to more than 7.7 million customers
over a 55,300 square kilometers service area. Its network consists of 216,000
km of overhead lines and underground cables, and 184,000 substations.
Ofgem’s Low Carbon Networks Fund was established as part of its current price
control arrangements for electricity distribution businesses (DNOs). It allows
up to £500million of support between 2010 and 2015 to projects sponsored by
companies that trial new technology, operating and commercial arrangements.
WPD now has five Tier Two projects and eleven of the 34 Tier One projects.
This is more than any other U.K. Distribution Network Operator for both
About GE’s Energy Storage Business
GE Energy Storage, a unit of GE Transportation, works to enable safer,
efficient and cost effective storage, distribution and utilization of energy
where it’s needed and when it’s needed. As a global technology leader and
supplier of advanced battery energy storage systems, we provide Durathon
Battery modules and complete energy storage solutions to the Telecom, Energy
Management, Power Generation, Grid Operation, Backup and Motive power
industries. GE Energy Storage is headquartered in Schenectady, New York,
U.S.A. To learn more visit www.geenergystorage.com.
About GE Transportation
GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), solves the world’s toughest
transportation challenges. GE Transportation builds equipment that moves the
rail, mining and marine industries. Our fuel-efficient and lower-emissions
freight and passenger locomotives, diesel engines for rail, marine and
stationary power applications, signaling and software solutions, drive systems
for mining trucks, underground mining equipment, energy storage systems, and
value-added services help customers grow. GE Transportation has approximately
13,000 employees. For more information visit www.getransportation.com.
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