Southern California Edison (SCE) and GE unveiled the world’s first battery-gas turbine hybrid system in Norwalk, California, powered by Samsung SDI most innovative high-power, fast-discharge batteries (This is the first of two units).
This unit is made of a 10MW/4.3MWh battery energy storage system which integrates Samsung SDI batteries and supports SCE’s increasing renewable energy capacity by providing quick start, fast ramping capabilities when they are needed.
Thanks to the ESS component of such a hybrid power plant, the system does not need to burn fuel and consume water in stand-by mode to be able to dispatch power immediately when demand surges.
This innovative combination, along with new emission controls, provides enhanced flexibility in the operation of the peaker while at the same time reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by 60 percent. In addition, demineralized water consumption will be reduced by approximately 45 percent, saving two million gallons of water annually and increasing the life of the equipment.
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