Battery storage start-up Alevo plans 200 MW project in US

The distributed storage projects are aimed at providing frequency regulation services through CES, which works with eight independent systems operators in North America. The battery storage projects will help the unnamed grid operator integrate renewable energy resources, including solar, into the grid.

The installations are planned for the second half of 2015, a spokesman for Alevo told pv magazine.

Jostein Eikeland, Alevo’s chief executive, called the agreement "a milestone for Alevo and a testament to the proven performance attributes of our technology."

In October, Alevo unveiled a plan to transform a former cigarette manufacturing facility in Concord, North Carolina, into a gigawatt-scale battery factory. Alevo is seeking to become a vertically integrated battery storage company, with an inorganic electrolyte manufactured in Switzerland and shipped to North Carolina for integration into the company’s 2 MW containerized systems called "GridBanks."

While details are lacking, Alevo touts the project as "the largest ever energy storage deployment in the United States of America." Based on the disclosed size of the project, however, that may not be accurate.

For example, Southern California Edison in November announced 261 MW of energy storage contracts, including a single 100 MW grid-scale battery storage project being supplied by AES. Moreover, numerous existing and licensed pumped hydropower energy storage projects in the United States are larger than 1 GW.

Founded in 2009, Alevo claims to have raised more than $1 billion to date from unnamed private investors and equity funds.