Wärtsilä has announced the beginning of some relevant stationary projects in the US. Through the company’s energy management platform GEMS, in fact, Wärtsilä will monitor and optimize multi-state energy storage systems for Duke Energy. The latter is a primary electric power holding companies in the United States. The requirement was about Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC) of three battery storage facilities
Additionally, Wärtsilä’s GEMS advanced energy management platform will be deployed across the utility’s existing and planned battery storage sites and solar assets across six energy distribution areas.
Several projects for Wärtsilä and Duke Energy in the US
According to Wärtsilä, «the projects include Duke Energy’s Asheville (8.8MW/8.8MWh) and Hot Springs (4MW/4MWh with 3MWdc/2MWacMW solar generating system) project sites as a part of the utility’s USD 2 billion grid modernisation program in western North Carolina, as well as Duke Energy’s Crane (4.95 MW/5 MWh) project which will be in Crane, Indiana. Wärtsilä’s GEMS platform was selected for its real-time control and protection, revenue stacking, and fleet visibility capabilities. GEMS will allow the North Carolina facilities to dispatch energy, provide emergency backup power, and balance the local grid, while also introducing more clean energy into Duke Energy’s service territory».
GEMS as a data source
«Duke Energy is specifically utilising the GEMS Fleet Director and GEMS Power Plant Controller to monitor, assess and optimize deployments across multiple regions in real-time and integrating GEMS as a data source for their specialised algorithms and analytics. GEMS will be customised for Duke Energy’s deployments to increase grid resilience at sites that require energy storage backup and to ultimately facilitate the first-ever entry into the Midcontinent Independent System Operator market», said Andrew Tang, Vice President, Energy Storage and Optimisation at Wärtsilä Energy. The three storage project sites are expected to be commissioned during 2020 and 2021.