Distribution Automation / Substation Automation, Energy Efficiency, Outage Management

California science museum to use GE energy storage system

General Electric (GE) will participate in an energy storage load-shifting project at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, Calif., a non-profit education organization.

The 500 kWh GE energy storage and Princeton Power Systems (PPS) inverter control system is engineered to shift 10-20 percent of the science center’s daily electrical load from peak hours to less expensive off-peak time periods. The system also will provide backup power in the event of power outages.

The project is part of California’s “Permanent Load Shift” program, a statewide effort to reduce peak demand on the California electrical grid. Southern California Edison (SCE) will manage the project for the science center. The winning GE Energy Storage and PPS proposal focused on the cost-effectiveness of pairing a Durathon Energy Storage System with PPS’s advanced inverter and control system.

Both Discovery Science Center and Southern California Edison will monitor the performance of the system and use it to assess how remote storage system deployment can improve the performance of distribution networks.