GE's [NYSE: GE] Energy Storage business announced today the first
European sale of its Durathon* energy storage system. Western Power
Distribution (WPD), a major distribution network operator in the U.K,
will install five Durathon 100 kilowatt-hour energy storage systems
during Q3 2013 as part of "Project FALCON" (Flexible Approaches to Low
Carbon Optimized Networks), a four year project led by WPD.
The project is partially funded through the U.K. Office of Gas and
Electricity Markets' (Ofgem's) Low Carbon Network Fund and aims to
develop a new computer-based modeling tool to identify the best way of
delivering investment on the network. The system will be able to
identify the most cost effective 'smart' or 'conventional' way of
delivering additional network capacity to facilitate the UK Low Carbon
Transition Plan. One of the 'smart' methods being trialed is Energy
"We selected the Durathon energy storage system because it provides the
performance and functionality we need while being small enough to fit
into our network's substations," said Ben Godfrey, Innovation and Low
Carbon Networks Engineer with WPD. "The real-time performance data
collected during the trial will help us manage our network more
efficiently, which, in the long run, should minimise costs for
The project will be the first time that GE Energy Storage has integrated
its Durathon energy storage system with a distribution management system
(DMS) in the European market. WPD plans to install 100 kilowatt-hour
systems at five of its high voltage substations in Milton Keynes,
located 45 miles northwest of London.
"This trial will demonstrate the impact that the Durathon energy storage
system can have in a real-world, utility distribution network," said
Prescott Logan, General Manager of GE Energy Storage. "It is designed to
provide vital data that can be used to enhance utility services and
reduce operating expenses -- a savings that could ultimately be passed on
During the trial, WPD plans to use the Durathon systems to enhance
network efficiency through voltage support, improved power quality and
electrical noise reduction. The energy storage systems also are expected
to help WPD defer expensive network upgrades.
*Durathon is a trademark of General Electric Company.
About Western Power Distribution
Western Power Distribution is the electricity distribution network
operator for the Midlands, South Wales and the South West regions of the
United Kingdom. The company delivers electricity to more than 7.7
million customers over a 55,300 square kilometers service area. Its
network consists of 216,000 km of overhead lines and underground cables,
and 184,000 substations.
Ofgem's Low Carbon Networks Fund was established as part of its current
price control arrangements for electricity distribution businesses
(DNOs). It allows up to £500million of support between 2010 and 2015 to
projects sponsored by companies that trial new technology, operating and
WPD now has five Tier Two projects and eleven of the 34 Tier One
projects. This is more than any other U.K. Distribution Network Operator
for both categories.
About GE's Energy Storage Business
GE Energy Storage, a unit of GE Transportation, works to enable safer,
efficient and cost effective storage, distribution and utilization of
energy where it's needed and when it's needed. As a global technology
leader and supplier of advanced battery energy storage systems, we
provide Durathon Battery modules and complete energy storage solutions
to the Telecom, Energy Management, Power Generation, Grid Operation,
Backup and Motive power industries. GE Energy Storage is headquartered
in Schenectady, New York, U.S.A. To learn more visit www.geenergystorage.com.
About GE Transportation
GE Transportation, a unit of GE (NYSE: GE), solves the world's toughest
transportation challenges. GE Transportation builds equipment that moves
the rail, mining and marine industries. Our fuel-efficient and
lower-emissions freight and passenger locomotives, diesel engines for
rail, marine and stationary power applications, signaling and software
solutions, drive systems for mining trucks, underground mining
equipment, energy storage systems, and value-added services help
customers grow. GE Transportation has approximately 13,000 employees.
For more information visit www.getransportation.com.
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