French electrical equipment maker Schneider Electric SA (EPA:SU) has rolled out to market EcoBlade, a scalable energy storage system to support growth of renewable energy on the grid.
The energy storage system is powered by Li-ion batteries. It consists of blades the size of a 30-inch flat screen, weighing under 25 kg. Each blade contains a smart connected battery module and is ready to use in standalone mode.
EcoBlade can find application in domestic, industrial or commercial environments, Schneider Electric said in a news release on Friday..
At the highest level, the blades can be integrated into containers to provide multi-MWh and complementary energy management services for the entire grid.
EcoBlade is already operational and uses wind and solar energy to manage small - or large-scale peaks in consumption.
The Venteea project in the Champagne-Ardennes region in northeast France, links wind farms to a medium-voltage distribution grid, including a secondary power station with a 20 MVA transformer, six 20 kV feeders and 130 secondary sub-stations serving 3,200 clients.
In Corsica, a second project was launched at the beginning of June 2015 with two solar farms. Schneider Electric provides 1 MW conversion containers for each installation. The project will generate 1,300 MWh per installation annually to meet the electricity needs of 400 homes.
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