Southern California Edison to install battery storage and gas hybrid system

5 October 2016 (Last Updated October 5th, 2016 18:30)

Southern California Edison (SCE) and GE Power have plans to install a battery storage and gas turbine hybrid to meet gas restrictions following the Aliso Canyon energy crisis.

Southern California Edison (SCE) and GE Power have plans to install a battery storage and gas turbine hybrid to meet gas restrictions following the Aliso Canyon energy crisis.

In addition, the GE LM6000 gas turbine will also be upgraded and the two systems integrated.

The LM6000 Hybrid EGT, to be deployed at two SCE sites, was developed in response to changing regulations and grid requirements.

SCE's vice-president of generation Phil Herrington said: “GE’s new LM6000 Hybrid EGT product fits well with SCE's objective of providing cost–effective, innovative solutions, which enhance grid reliability, flexibility, and fast response for our customers.”

"GE’s new LM6000 Hybrid EGT product fits well with SCE's objective of providing cost–effective, innovative solutions, which enhance grid reliability."

GE Power's services president and CEO Paul McElhinney said: “We are excited to launch this innovative hybrid solution to provide immediate power, increase the flexibility of our gas turbines, leverage new software controls solutions, and increase customer competitiveness.

“With our total plant solutions capabilities, we are able to help California increase its grid efficiency and help SCE deliver more affordable energy in a changing marketplace.”

The LM6000 Hybrid EGT integrates a 10MW battery energy storage system from Current and an existing GE LM6000 aeroderivative gas turbine with control system upgrades offered by GE’s Power Services. The system will enable the turbine to operate in standby mode without the use of fuel and enable quick response to changing energy dispatch needs.

By removing the requirement to constantly run the turbines at minimum loads to maintain spinning reserves, the LM6000 Hybrid EGT will help save fuel, cut down maintenance costs, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The battery energy storage system will be operational by the end of 2016, while the updated and integrated turbine controls are slated to be operational early next year.