July 23, 2014 – Saft has been awarded by Kauai Island Utility Co-operative (KIUC) to provide a Li-ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to stabilize the Kauai island electrical grid. Saft's BESS will be deployed for use as part of a new 12MW solar energy park under construction in Anahola.
Saft's BESS will be used to provide stability and mitigate issues caused by intermittent fluctuations that can occur with renewable power sources. As part of the agreement, Saft will provide 6MW/4.63MWh BESS consisting of 8 Intensium Max 20M containers and two containers housing an ABB 6MW PCS to stabilize the electrical grid. This contract positions Saft as the preeminent supplier of battery energy storage solutions in Hawaii.
The system will also regulate the distribution bus voltage, serve as spinning reserve and provide frequency support during the loss of generation by pooling and integrating with other distributed KIUC BESS sources.
"With other BESS contracts in the works, this agreement is indicative of the expanding renewables market relying on Li-ion energy storage within island nations, and Saft's leadership in enabling trusted storage solutions for solar integration," said Blake Frye, Vice President of Sales and Energy Storage at Saft. "Saft looks forward to strengthening electric grid applications in the state of Hawaii and serving as a long-term, trusted partner."