Recently in the news New York has been seen as the next big U.S. market for grid-scale energy storage. One of the biggest NYC energy storage projects to date is a 400 kilowatt-hour array of CellCube vanadium redox flow batteries in downtown Manhattan. The CellCube, built by Germany’s Gildemeister and brokered by Canadian partner American Vanadium is the first U.S. installation of its kind.
So you may be asking what are the benefits of such an energy storage project? Well according to the CEO of American Vanadium:
“The prime is how these batteries can help customers make money by flattening their peak load curves,” –Bill Radvak, CEO of American Vanadium.
Another question that comes to mind is how are these batteries different from others used in energy storage?
According to CellCube the redox flow batteries is “one of the few currently cost-effective options for storing energy for multiple hours in a row”.
Is this feasible in commercial buildings where they have to shave peak load at buildings?
How does the utility company perceive energy storage and its ability to help balance the grid at times of stress and congestion?
Lastly, could this technology back up critical facilities such as hospitals during another hurricane like Sandy in 2012?
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