Electrify America unveils its first utility of megawatt-level power storage


Electrify America just lately unveiled its first utility of a megawatt-level battery power storage system (BESS) for electrical automobile (EV) charging stations, constructing upon the corporate’s present BESS installations at greater than 150 stations throughout the US, together with greater than 100 installations in California.

The megawatt-level power storage system mixed with a photo voltaic cover goes a step additional than Electrify America’s present BESS in managing power prices and lowering stress on the grid by appearing as a buffer to complement energy to charging stations when native utilities restrict the quantity of energy a station can draw from the grid.


This utility leverages power storage and photo voltaic as a ‘non-wires various’ in lieu of counting on extra utility ‘wired’ infrastructure (i.e. energy traces) that might not be possible. Such progressive approaches turn into vital to broaden EV charging into extra distant areas to succeed in extra customers the place utilities might not be capable to ship the capability wanted to put in or broaden charging infrastructure.

Electrify America chosen its Baker, California station for the primary deployment of the megawatt-level power storage system due to its distant location and its utility capability constraints. The mixing of the roughly 1.5 MW / 3 MWh power storage system with 66 kW of era potential from the photo voltaic cover, coupled with management expertise, is Electrify America’s complete resolution for including extra energy to the station.

This power storage deployment builds upon Electrify America’s earlier announcement of getting surpassed greater than 30 megawatts of put in power storage now featured at over 150 places. In California, greater than 50 charging stations coupled with power storage represent the most important working Digital Energy Plant (VPP) of its variety shifting using on-peak power to decrease carbon depth off-peak hours within the California Impartial System Operator’s wholesale power market, CAISO.

The enlargement at Baker additionally provides 4 new particular person chargers, bringing the overall to 12. The brand new chargers characteristic the newest charger improvements and design. They’ve a few of the quickest charging speeds accessible immediately at as much as 350 kW (Hyper-Quick), relying on the charger. For instance, at 350kW, succesful EVs can recharge as much as about 20 miles of driving vary per minute of charging. The chargers can even characteristic the brand new customer-driven labels to make selecting the best charger velocity simpler. Prospects have the power to pay by the Electrify America App or by bank card.

Prospects are already experiencing the advantages of the newly put in power storage system and charger enlargement. Charging load on the website has already surpassed 1 megawatt of peak charging demand, with all of that megawatt-level load at numerous instances being served by simply the power storage system and photo voltaic cover.

The Baker station was additionally the primary to characteristic different Electrify America improvements similar to photo voltaic canopies, which provide shelter from the weather whereas serving to to retailer extra renewable power to assist assist charging and operations.

In 2021, Electrify America and Electrify Canada networks registered greater than 1.45 million buyer charging classes within the US and Canada, respectively—5 instances the client charging classes over 2020. Electrify America plans to roll out extra megawatt-level power storage programs sooner or later, together with in Lengthy Seashore-Wilmington, California as a part of the corporate’s second Inexperienced Cities initiative.


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