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NEC Energy Solutions to develop energy storage for 800MW offshore wind farm

CTBR Staff Writer Published 19 March 2018

Bay State Wind has signed a letter of intent to work with Massachusetts-based NEC Energy Solutions to develop energy storage system for its 800MW offshore wind farm.

As per the letter of intent, NEC Energy Solutions will develop a 55MW/111MWh energy storage solution for Bay State Wind’s proposed offshore wind farm, which will be constructed 25miles off of Massachusetts South Coast.

Bay State Wind is the 50-50 partnership between Ørsted and Eversource, New England’s major transmission builder.

As part of the collaboration, the two companies are expected to speed up the development of early commercial integration of storage technologies into electricity supply chain.

Besides, it is aimed at capitalizing on energy storage technology’s benefits to clean energy integration, grid reliability, efficiency across the system and reduction of peak demand.

Eversource business development vice president Mike Auseré said: “The development of a robust battery storage system is going to help Massachusetts become a leader in renewable energy, and more importantly it will help small businesses and consumers by ensuring a steady supply of energy, thereby reducing high-demand energy spikes."

NEC Energy Solutions’ experience in the development of battery storage solutions is expected to help Bay State Wind’s efforts in overcoming winter reliability challenges. 

According to an estimate, the energy storage project can help in saving about $158m per year, while enhancing grid stability by shifting energy delivery to meet demand profile. 

Bay State Wind’s proposed commercial-scale offshore wind project is expected to create over 10,800 direct and indirect jobs over the lifetime of the project. During the construction phase, the project is expected to create more than 1,200 annual jobs.

The offshore wind project is estimated to generate enough clean electricity to power about 500,000 homes in Massachusetts per year.

Apart from this, the project could also generate up to $30m in lease payments, fees and taxes that can support the local government.

Image: Bay State Wind to pioneer wind-energy storage in Massachusetts. Photo: Courtesy of sandi baker/FreeImages.com.