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SCE Irvine Smart Grid Demonstration: Containerized Distributed Storage Unit

Technology Type Lithium-ion Battery
Rated Power 2000 kW
URL More about SCE Irvine Smart Grid Demonstration: Containerized Distributed Storage Unit
Southern California Edison (SCE) and its partners will deploy advanced Smart Grid SG) technologies in an integrated system to be more reliable, secure, economic, efficient, safe, and environmentally friendly. The technology demonstrations will include three main areas: (1) Energy Smart Customer Devices such as smart appliances, home scale energy storage, and photovoltaic (PV) solar systems to achieve Zero Net Energy homes and Zero Grid Impact electric vehicle (EV) charging at work; (2) Year 2020 Distribution System including distribution automation with looped circuit topology, advanced voltage/VAR control, advanced distribution equipment, smart metering, utility-scale storage, and dispatched renewable distributed generation; and (3) a Secure Energy Network to demonstrate end-to-end management of a complex high performance telecommunication system linking the CAISO to SCE’s back office, field networks, and energy smart devices in the home. Other specific aspects of sub-projects include: distribution circuit constraint management, enhanced circuit efficiency and power quality, self-healing circuits, deep grid situational awareness, and end-to-end cyber security and interoperability. The demonstration will be conducted in Irvine, California and will include two 12kV distribution circuits fed by SCE’s MacArthur Substation, residential homes, and EV charging in a parking lot at the University of California, Irvine. Another part of the ISGD is the A123 System large distributed energy storage unit. The 2 MW, 0.5 MWh containerized lithium-ion energy storage unit will allow SCE to explore protection and control strategies on a distribution system with significant reverse power flow capability. Two distribution circuits capable of being operated either radially or as a single loop will help SCE engineers evaluate different strategies of circuit constraint
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Project Status
Status Operational
Commissioning On 01.06.2015
Project Includes Multiple Systems No

Irvine, California 92612
United States

Utility Southern California Edison
Utility Type Investor Owned
Paired Grid Resource
Project Includes Multiple Systems No
Ownership & Value Chain Partners
Ownership Model Utility-Owned
Equity Owner 1 Southern California Edison
Energy Storage Technology Provider A123 Systems
Developer A123 Systems
Cost & Performance
Performance Performance metrics not available.
Service Use Case Electric Energy Time Shift
Funding Source 1 Federal/National American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 – RD&D
Department of Energy, Office of Electricity - ARRA Smart Grid Demonstration Program
Research Partner
Research Institution UC Irvine, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
Research Institution URL,
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