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August 28, 2021

Elwood Energy Storage Center – BESS, US

By Carmen

The Elwood Energy Storage Center – BESS is a 19,800kW energy storage project located in West Chicago, Illinois, US.

The electro-chemical battery energy storage project uses lithium-ion as its storage technology. The project was announced in 2014 and was commissioned in 2015.

Description

The Elwood Energy Storage Center – BESS was developed by Renewable Energy Systems Americas. The project is owned by Lincoln National Life Insurance (50%), a subsidiary of Lincoln National and Prudential Capital Group (50%), a subsidiary of Prudential Financial.

The key application of the project is frequency regulation.

Contractors involved

BYD, Lincoln National Life Insurance, Prudential Capital Group and Renewable Energy Systems Americas have delivered the battery energy storage project.

Additional information

Grid Interconnnection: Grid RES Americas will develop and construct two 19.8 MW energy storage systems, each having the ability to store 7.8 MWh of energy. The first project, Elwood Energy Storage Center, will be located on Pilsen Road in West Chicago and the second project, Jake Energy Storage Center, will be located on Brandon Road in Joliet. The battery storage modules for the projects will be supplied by BYD America. These batteries utilize lithium iron phosphate, an inherently safe variant of lithium battery chemistry. The projects consist of twenty-two identical energy storage modular units (eleven per site) each of which will be a self-contained energy storage system containing thousands of individual battery cells, power conditioning equipment, safety and monitoring systems. The energy storage control and dispatch systems will be developed and provided by RES Americas. This modular approach will greatly improve system reliability and increase the simplicity of the projects’ co.

About Renewable Energy Systems Americas

Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas), a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Ltd. is an energy company that provides engineering, procurement and construction services. The company offers layout design, software design, solar array layout design, land acquisition, permitting and environmental review, technical analysis, scheduling, financing, resource assessment, land procurement, project design, permitting, transmission, interconnection work and power marketing. It provides costing, procurement, management, and quality and environmental processes services. RES Americas’ engineering services includes renewable energy project design, including turbine foundation design, geotechnical engineering, civil site work design, electrical collection and grounding system design, solar PV system design and optimization. The company serves wind, solar, transmission, energy storage projects and demand side management. It operates in California, Connecticut, Minnesota, and Texas. RES Americas is headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, the US.

Methodology

All publicly-announced energy storage projects included in this analysis are drawn from GlobalData’s Power IC. The information regarding the projects are sourced through secondary information sources such as country specific power players, company news and reports, statistical organisations, regulatory body, government planning reports and their publications and is further validated through primary from various stakeholders such as power utility companies, consultants, energy associations of respective countries, government bodies and professionals from leading players in the power sector.

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