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E.ON starts construction on Texas Waves energy storage projects

Published 06 September 2017

German energy company E.ON has started construction on its Texas Waves energy storage projects at its existing E.ON Pyron and Inadale wind farms in West Texas, US.

The Texas Waves comprises two 9.9MW short duration energy storage projects, which uses lithium-ion battery technology. The projects will be part of the wind farm facilities near Roscoe, Texas.

The grid connected lithium-ion battery systems will be installed by E.ON and will start its operations by the end of 2017.

The first grid connected lithium battery system project installed by E.ON in Arizona is Iron Horse, which comprises 10MW energy storage facility.

The project which is currently in operations provides frequency regulation and voltage control support, enabling Tucson Electric Power (TEP) to offer reliable electric service to over 400000 customers.

Texas Waves, which increases system reliability and efficiency, will deliver ancillary services to the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) market.

While Greensmith Energy has been selected by E.ON for the energy storage software and services, Primoris Renewable Energy will handle the engineering, procurement and construction on the Texas Waves projects.

E.ON, which offers O&M and asset management services to third party operators, has constructed and commissioned over 3100MW of solar and wind renewable energy generation across the US.

E.ON vice president of energy storage North America Mark Frigo said: "Breaking ground on this project is particularly exciting as it allows us to continue to build our reputation as one of the leading players in North American energy storage. These projects will benefit from the lessons learned and experience accumulated on our Iron Horse project, completed back in April."

Established in 2000, E.ON employs over 40000 people and operates in 90 countries. The firm is a privately-owned energy supplier that aims at renewables, energy networks and customer solutions.

E.ON provides gas and electricity to over 33m customers. The company operates around 5.4GW of renewable energy and has invested over $11bn.