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Electrovaya to develop 500 KW lithium ion battery system for Con Edison

Clean system to replace diesel-burning generators currently in use



TORONTO—Electrovaya, a Mississauga, Ont.-based battery developer and manufacturer, has announced it has begun work on a 500 kilowatt lithium ion battery storage system for Con Edison, a major New York utility.

Currently, Con Edison uses portable diesel generators to provide temporary on-site power. Electrovaya’s alternative, which is designed as a Transportable Energy Storage System, will allow the utility to store up to 500 kilowatts of electricity and provide 800 kilowatt-hours of energy to the grid during outages. The system will allow for increased grid efficiency and be a cleaner alternative to the current fossil fuel-burning solution.

“We are very excited to begin the project with Con Edison and NYSERDA to deliver a highly innovative take on an energy storage system,” Rajshekar DasGupta, vice-president of business development at Electrovaya, said. “Con Edison worked closely with Electrovaya to develop the specifications for the TESS and ensure that it has the right performance characteristics to replace large-scale diesel generators.”

“We believe the TESS will give the right mix of resilience, reliability, performance and cost effectiveness. The project builds upon Electrovaya’s experience with lithium ion energy storage systems and will utilize our latest technologies, including the new cell developments and ceramic separator technology from our Germany subsidiary,” he added.

Electrovaya noted the project received support through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s Smart Grid Program, which is an energy strategy designed to build a clean, resilient and affordable energy system for all New Yorkers.

The announcement comes on the heels of another major contract win for the Toronto cleantech firm. Earlier this month, Electrovaya announced its German subsidiary, Litarion GmbH, had signed a $27.3 million contract to supply Lithium Ion battery products to a German company.

Electrovaya said the TESS is expected to be delivered to Con Edison in the second quarter of 2016.

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