Independent energy storage solutions developer Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent) has commissioned North America’s biggest behind-the-meter energy storage system in Sarnia, Ontario.

The system, with a storage capacity of 10MW/20MWh, will help Convergent reduce Global Adjustment charge for an industrial customer.

Global Adjustment, which accounts for nearly 70% of the average industrial electricity bill in Ontario, encourages large electricity users in the region to minimise their power consumption during the most expensive grid periods.

“With the battery system, commercial and industrial customers can save up to 40% on their electricity bills.”

Convergent CEO Johannes Rittershausen said: “This system combines cutting-edge technology and design with Convergent’s unparalleled peak dispatch services, creating maximum savings for our customer.

“Commissioning the biggest behind-the-meter energy storage system in North America would not have been possible without a forward-thinking customer and the innovation of our supplier, IHI.”

Apart from delivering the energy storage system, Convergent has also contracted IHI Energy Storage to provide operations and maintenance services and a capacity guarantee for the system.

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The system, which is capable of powering an electric bullet train for 500 miles, has already reached this summer’s peaks causing no interruption to the customer.

With the battery system, commercial and industrial customers can save up to 40% on their electricity bills.

Convergent is said to have become the largest operator of energy storage in the Canadian province with 26MW of energy storage assets. IHI Energy Storage has another 21MW contracted in the region.