Primus Power wins Defense Department energy storage contract

Primus Power, a producer of multi-megawatt, multi-hour, grid-scale electrical energy storage, won a contract by Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business to deliver and support an electrical energy storage system for a microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar, California.

Primus will work closely with Raytheon as part of the “Zinc Bromide Flow Battery Installation for Islanding and Backup Power” project funded by the Department of Defense Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESCTP).

A microgrid is a self-contained electrical grid comprised of energy generation, distribution, storage and loads all managed by an automated control system on a remote or secure location, such as a military base. Energy storage systems are a key enabler to integrate intermittent solar and wind energy into a small grid.

Growth for microgrids is being driven by security threats, natural disaster concerns, increase in electricity from renewable energy sources, and the need for secure and reliable power.

At MCAS Miramar a Primus Power 250 kW – 1 MWh Primus EnergyPod will be integrated with an existing 230 kW photovoltaic system. The combined microgrid system will demonstrate several capabilities including reducing peak electrical demand typically experienced in weekday afternoons and providing power to critical military systems when grid power is not available.

Primus Power’s containerized flow battery systems are designed to meet the needs of military installation applications.

The system should be fully installed by mid-2014.

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