The Battelle Memorial Institute-Salem Smart Power – BESS is a 5,000kW energy storage project located in Salem, Oregon, US.

The electro-chemical battery energy storage project uses lithium-ion as its storage technology. The project was commissioned in 2015.


The Battelle Memorial Institute-Salem Smart Power – BESS is owned by Portland General Electric (100%).

The key applications of the project are electric energy time shift, electric supply capacity, microgrid capability, renewables capacity firming and renewables energy time shift.

Contractors involved

EnerDel and Portland General Electric have delivered the battery energy storage project.

Additional information

The Energy Storage System is funded by a $10,300,000.00 investment from US DOE – American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).


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