01 Nov '11, 9pm

W. Virginia Wind Farm Proves It Can Store Energy #green

W. Virginia Wind Farm Proves It Can Store Energy #green

Wind farms have been experimenting with using batteries to store energy, but this large one - online in West Virginia - proves it can be done ... demonstrating that wind farms can produce electricity like traditional power plants. The 98 megawatt (MW) Laurel Mountain wind facility is storing excess energy in a huge 32 MW bank of lithium-ion batteries developed by A123 Systems (Nasdaq: AONE). 61, 1.6 MW size turbines are connected to 16 mammoth batteries - each the size of a shipping container. Each battery stores excess wind energy and releases it to the grid in quick bursts of 2 MW of energy for 15 minutes. The batteries release the energy to supplement intermittent wind generation, keeping electricity constantly supplied to the grid. Project developer AES Energy Storage says it chose lithium batteries because they're proven in the auto industry. Their use in that industr...

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