A123 Energy Solutions Expands Global Grid Energy Storage Installations

  A123 Energy Solutions Expands Global Grid Energy Storage Installations

Installation in Hawaii marks A123’s first commissioning of its next generation
                       grid energy storage product line

Business Wire

WESTBOROUGH, Mass. -- June 3, 2013

A123 Energy Solutions, a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced energy
storage systems, today announced the first commissioning of its Long Duration
(LD) Grid Storage Solution in Hawaii for the Maui Electric Company (MECO). The
energy storage installation can provide 1MW for up to one hour, and will
perform services to increase electric grid operational efficiency, stability,
and power quality. Installed at an existing MECO substation, the 1MWh energy
storage system was packaged in a 20-foot container and shipped to the site
fully assembled and tested. For this storage project, A123 Energy Solutions
provided a turnkey solution to MECO, performing the engineering, procurement,
construction, installation and testing. A key component of the Maui Smart Grid
Project, the battery will provide peak-load shifting, voltage regulation,
reactive power support, and wind curtailment relief.

1MW/1MWh 20-foot grid energy storage container (Photo: Business Wire)

1MW/1MWh 20-foot grid energy storage container (Photo: Business Wire)

“This installation is the second site we’ve commissioned on the island of Maui
in the past five months,” said Bud Collins,President of A123 Energy
Solutions. “But while the 11MW commissioned in December of last year was
comprised of our widely deployed High Rate systems, this is the first time
we’ve commissioned the Long Duration product. We’re very happy with how
smoothly the installation went. The entire process took about five weeks from
start of construction up to the completion of commissioning.”

At the core of this new system is the Long Duration Grid Battery System
(GBS-LD) with energy storage configurations that range from as little as 100kW
to large multi-megawatt arrays. The GBS-LD can be packaged in a variety of
different enclosures, ranging from standardized 20-foot, 40-foot, and 53-foot
long containers to custom enclosures, and the systems are also available for
installations in pre-existing buildings or other locations. Utilizing A123
Systems Nanophosphate® prismatic cell technology, a single 53-foot GBS-LD can
deliver 4MW of energy for a full hour, and is designed for applications like
peaking, shifting, capacity firming, or transmission and distribution (T&D)
support. The GBS-LD product line complements A123 Energy Solutions’
widely-deployed GBS-HR (High Rate) grid energy storage product which is used
for high power applications in the 15-minute timeframe including frequency
response, frequency regulation, and renewable ramp management.

About A123 Energy Solutions

A123 Energy Solutions, a division of A123 Systems LLC and a part of Wanxiang
Group, develops and manufactures advanced batteries for electric grid, backup
power and lead-acid replacement applications based on A123 Systems
Nanophosphate® technology. As an industry leader in energy storage system
integration focusing on high performance, efficient, safe and reliable battery
systems, A123 Energy Solutions utilizes a state-of-the-art development center
and ISO 9001-2008 certified facilities to design and manufacture advanced
battery systems ranging from small industrial batteries to massive grid-scale
energy storage systems. Its megawatt-scale Grid Storage Solutions have been
successfully operated in commercial revenue service since 2009 around the
world, and have to date reached over 100MW delivered. In commercial and
specialty batteries, it provides energy storage solutions to fit the needs for
telecom, IT backup, datacenter, medical, lead-acid replacement and other
industrial applications. For more information, please visit

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A123 Energy Solutions
Roger Lin, 508-497-7261
Director of Product Marketing
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