Utility contracting 12 MWh in mobile battery capacity from startup developer

Power Edison mobile Energy storage

Energy storage developer Power Edison will deliver a 3-MW mobile battery system for a major utility later this year, the New Jersey-based company announced.

Power Edison did not name the utility, but said the mobile battery energy storage unit is the largest in the world. It can deliver 12MWh of electricity when deployed, according to the release.

“We’re engaged with industry-leading utilities on mobile storage, developing techno-economic analyses, advanced engineered solutions, utility filings and commercial deployments,” said Shihab Kuran, Ph.D., CEO of Power Edison. “Mobile and flexible solutions provide higher reliability and unlock additional benefits for electric utilities, enabling them to make prudent investments on behalf of their ratepayers.”

Power Edison was formed by the team which founded Petra Solar. The pure-play mobile energy storage startup has 500MWh of electricity deployment in the development, permitting and sales pipeline or about to start construction, according to the company.

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While the identity of the utility customer was not released Wednesday, the Power Edison website does contain a 2017 article about New York-based Con Edison filing a project to bring energy storage capacity to New York City neighborhoods.

Con Edison formed a partnership with New Jersey and Houston-based NRG Energy to build battery storage units at the latter’s generating station in Queens, New York.

“Power Edison has key industry partnerships and a broad solutions portfolio that includes energy storage, solar energy, EV charging, fuel cells and hydrogen,” added Kuran. “We are experiencing strong traction with customers and with investors who are looking to deploy our solutions and leverage our industry expertise.”

The Power Edison leadership team includes veterans from NRG, Con Edison, GE, Sun Edison, Pacific Gas & Electric, Sandia National Laboratories and more.

Utility-scale energy storage deployment topped 3,500 MWh in the U.S. last year, according to the Energy Storage Association and Wood MacKenzie. More than 7,000 GW of new energy storage capacity are expected to be added by 2025, according to the ESA.

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