On a roll with its new approach to the energy storage market, GE won an order in May 2015, to supply a 7 megawatt-hour battery storage system for the Independent Energy System Operator in Ontario, Canada. Convergent Energy + Power is the system integrator. The batteries will be lithium-ion technology.
GE’s spokespersons have been careful to support the company’s Durathon battery, maintaining it will still have a place in GE’s energy storage business. Durathon batteries are installed at an operational wind farm in Mills Country, Texas. Southern California Edison is also incorporating Durathon batteries in a field demonstration of a permanent load shifting application. Princeton Power Systems is the integrator of the project, which is located near Santa Anna, California.
Where will GE source the lithium-ion batteries for the California and Ontario projects? So far, spokespersons have been non-committal on the name. GE has had many bedfellows in the energy industry over the years - some strange and a few obvious.