BC Hydro and S&C Electric Co. partner on energy storage project

Chicago, June 22, 2011 S&C Electric Co. was selected by BC Hydro for an energy storage project that will improve service reliability for a remote mountain community in British Columbia.

The energy storage system, which is funded in part, by Natural Resources Canada's Clean Energy Fund, will also reduce peak load demand for a second community, limiting carbon emissions and enabling deferral of capital expenditures.

The innovative energy storage solution utilizes two battery systems, one installed at field and a second in Golden, BC, to provide back-up power for field and to shave peak loads. The peak shaving application, in which load is directly monitored and stored energy injected as needed, will allow BC Hydro to save on investments in transmission system capacity that would otherwise be required to meet peak demand.

For this project, S&C will engineer and install a complete energy storage solution featuring S&C's Smart Grid SMS Storage Management System and IntelliTEAM SG Automatic Restoration System. This turnkey system will integrate sodium-sulfur batteries on to the grid seamlessly, allowing the batteries to support a portion of the peak load depending on demand. This integrated solution optimizes total system efficiency and reliability for the community.

S&C will also test and commission these systems to ensure successful operation.

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