On Tuesday, December 5th during the keynote session of POWER-GEN International, Renewable Energy World and Power Engineering magazine named the energy storage and renewable energy projects of the year as well as an overall project of the year for 2017.
In the energy storage category, Southern California Edison’s Hybrid EGT project pulled out a win over Imperial Irrigation District’s Battery Storage Project and Gensa Energy’s Columbia Microgrid.
“Transformative” and “revolutionary” best describe the world’s first hybrid enhanced gas turbine (EGT) projects that added battery energy storage at two Southern California Edison natural gas peaker plants. The projects consist of a 10 MW/4.3 MWh lithium-ion battery plus a Hybrid Control System.
Once online and synchronized, the turbine only needs two to three minutes to ramp up to full load and because it has instantaneous response capability, each Hybrid EGT can participate in California ISO’s spinning reserves markets 24-7, with no fuel consumption or emissions while the turbine is offline.
Each Hybrid EGT facilitates the use of efficient and cleaner resources to meet peak energy needs, including solar, wind, hydro, and combined-cycle plants. Working in harmony, each battery-and-turbine Hybrid EGT system supports green energy variability by filling in the gaps with their immediate response capability.
Speaking about the project, Steve Berberich, President and CEO of the California ISO stated: “The SCE-GE project is a perfect example that distributed energy resources can be used in innovative ways.”
In the best renewable project category, China Resources Power won for its Ningxia Haiyuan Xihua Mountain Wind Farm, beating out Pacific Gas and Electric’s Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid and DC Department of General Services solar arrays.
Built in what the United Nations Food Development Agency dubbed as one of the most uninhabitable places for humans, the 300-MW Ningxia Haiyuan Xihua Mountain Wind Farm combines the development of renewable energy with poverty alleviation and environmental improvement.
The $313.4 million clean energy project can provide 755 million kilowatt-hours of power annually, which avoids the use of 326,000 tons of coal. The wind farm spans six towns and 41 villages and brought jobs and economic development to the remote region located some 8,000 feet above sea level. Project developer China Resources Power contributed 3 million dollars to plant trees in Haiyuan and created a five-year plan for the region to develop its grass and cattle livestock industry for which China Resources Group donated $57.5 million.
Despite construction taking place during the winter, with temperatures ranging from -4 to -22 below zero, the project was completed in record time. China Resources said it set a new record for the construction and testing of wind turbines in the power industry in China.
Southern California Edison’s energy storage project was also named one of two overall projects of the year tying with NRG Energy and JX Nippon for their Petra Nova Carbon Capture Retrofit.