Batteries, Energy Storage, Wind

ABB to Provide Microgrid, Test Storage Technologies in Anchorage

By Editors of Power Engineering

ABB announced it will provide a microgrid integrating a battery and flywheel storage system to test scalability and improve power stability for residents of Anchorage, Alaska.

Chugach Electric Association initiated the project, which aims to identify technologies that will allow the integration of renewable-based power, including wind power from a 17-MW wind facility on Fire Island off the coast of Anchorage.

The microgrid solution will blend a flywheel that will integrate fluctuating wind power and a 2-MW battery for long-term storage.

“We are delighted to partner with a visionary utility like Chugach Electric to build this microgrid which incorporates a hybrid storage solution to enhance reliability of power supply,” said Massimo Danieli, managing director of ABB’s Grid Automation business unit, a part of the company’s Power Grids division. “Integration of renewables is a key element of the Energy Revolution and a major focus area of our Next Level strategy.”

ABB’s Microgrid Plus control system will monitor the hybrid storage system.