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NYPA, NYSERDA Announce New Battery Energy Storage Tech

Feb. 20, 2023
The BESS developed by Cadenza Innovation is enabling NYPA to demonstrate a peak energy demand shaving function that reduces the peak electricity load typical of a commercial building.

The New York Power Authority (NYPA) and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) have announced that a first-of-its-kind battery energy storage system (BESS) using patented, high-safety, lithium-ion (Li-ion) superCell technology is delivering energy peak shaving capabilities to NYPA’s White Plains offices, as part of a demonstration project. The BESS developed by Cadenza Innovation is enabling NYPA to demonstrate a peak energy demand shaving function that reduces the peak electricity load typical of a commercial building.

“This initial testing phase shows the potential for this type of battery energy storage system to serve as a model for managing energy demands and lowering costs for owners of commercial and industrial buildings,” said New York Power Authority Acting President and CEO Justin E. Driscoll. “The unit is reducing peak loads at the Power Authority’s main offices, smoothing electricity network operations and showing a safety advantage by demonstrating a reduction in the potential of thermal runaway. Our goal is to demonstrate whether this unit will provide energy storage and power quality services on a scale that can meet commercial, industrial and network demands at buildings that are similar to ours.”

Deployed immediately adjacent to NYPA’s White Plains offices and funded in part with a $1 million award through NYSERDA’s Innovation program, the Li-ion BESS was developed by Cadenza Innovation in collaboration with Hitachi Energy to showcase the key role that energy storage can play in enhancing demand management and grid flexibility. The project at NYPA is using the energy storage system to demonstrate a peak shaving function that reduces the peak load typical of a commercial building. The object is for the BESS to serve as a model for integrating low-cost, safe, high-performance renewable energy resources into the grid – especially in urban areas – that can be replicated at other businesses throughout New York State and beyond.

Committed to eliminating the potential risk of thermal propagation that can lead to fires and explosions, Cadenza Innovation’s U.S. Department of Defense-tested and UL Recognized Component, the superCell, features a patented design that helps to bolster utility grid resilience and powers a range of uses in the commercial and industrial market and other key sectors. Notably, by packaging components to lower costs and increase safety, the superCell is designed to reduce the need for additional, high-cost fire safety protection and mitigation systems – resulting in improved energy density and supporting the advancement of the Li-ion battery industry.

The BESS at NYPA – which won an Innovation Icon award at the 2022 Digital + Cloud Summit – is furthering New York’s clean energy agenda, which includes the nation’s most ambitious climate protection legislation and​ one of the largest energy storage target​s. Under the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA or the Climate Act), New York State is mandated to achieve 70% renewable energy by 2030 and 100% zero-emission electricity by 2040. Governor Hochul recently proposed expanding New York State’s energy storage programs to double the goal to 6 gigawatts by 2030, which represents at least 20% of the state’s peak electricity load.

The BESS can supply building power at desired demand times and includes the ability to function in a peak shaving mode. This can achieve cost reductions for building/site owners, primarily by arbitrage, storing lower cost energy absorbed at time periods of lower power demand and delivering that energy at time periods of higher cost due to higher power demand, and by peak shaving, reducing a building/site maximum power demand and therefore reducing the associated utility peak demand charge.

NYPA and Cadenza Innovation will continue to monitor and evaluate the system’s performance over the next 12 months.

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