Energy Storage As A Service Part of Generation Evolution

on September 24, 2019

Two companies who recently announced they are creating what they consider North America’s largest behind-the-meter (BTM) deployment of energy storage technology have said they plan to expand the service, providing a long-term solution for controlling costs and promoting energy sustainability for businesses.

Executives of the two companies—Honeywell and NRStor C&I—told POWER in a Sept. 23 interview at North America Smart Energy Week (NASEW) in Salt Lake City, Utah, that they see the market for their service expanding as power generation continues to become more decentralized.

The Honeywell-NRStor collaboration is one of several distributed power generation projects being highlighted at NASEW this week, for both energy storage and solar power. More than 700 companies are showcasing their products and services.

NRStor and Honeywell on Sept. 20 announced the launch of their Experion Energy Program, offering energy storage as a service to commercial and industrial customers. NRStor and Honeywell plan to develop and operate 300 MW of battery energy storage systems (BESS) in the U.S. and Canada starting early next year. The companies said they would operate the systems remotely and “provide customers with electricity cost savings, improved sustainability and resiliency.”

“The first 90 megawatts are earmarked for the Ontario [Canada] market early next year,” Moe Hajabed, CEO of Toronto, Ontario-based NRStor C&I, told POWER. “There’s a big market for energy storage in Ontario for cost savings, putting battery storage systems at customer sites. This battery energy storage system can reduce a customer’s cost of electricity, primarily by [reducing] demand charges. There’s a cost aspect, an environmental aspect, and a community aspect.”

Hajabed in announcing the program last week said, “This BTM deployment alone matches North America’s total energy storage deployments in 2018. This collaboration brings Honeywell’s operational excellence, precise equipment and construction to NRStor’s projects and expands the customer base that can take advantage of our energy solutions. This also creates an opportunity for other developers to fund and implement their projects through NRStor’s platform.”

The companies said the BESS will be supported by two remote operations centers that use artificial intelligence-based peak prediction and value stack optimization algorithms. The centers will automatically start the battery systems, with a goal to maximize savings for C&I customers. Control technologies from Honeywell will enable battery dispatch and support network security and cybersecurity protection.

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