Leclanché and partners to invest $12 million in first utility-scale storage project in Canada


The battery storage project will provide services to the Independent Energy Systems Operator (IESO). IESO oversees and manages the power grid of Ontario and is interconnected to Toronto Hydro, the largest electricity distribution company in Canada.

With supply in Ontario over the last three years having shifted heavily towards intermittent power sources, additional grid management challenges have arisen for IESO, which the battery storage project will help manage.

The project will improve stability on Canada’s largest transmission grid by managing unbalanced supply-demand situations.

The partnership has gained strategic importance from India’s perspective, with its government wishing to achieve 175 GW of energy generated by renewables by 2022. This will amount to 40% of India’s energy supply, 12% up from its current status.

Furthermore, the Indian government recently launched a new domestic and overseas investment programme in new energy, of which the investment in the Leclanché and Deltro Project forms a part. Being part of India’s target commitment to COP21, its energy supply will rely on intermittent energy sources with auxiliary services being used to stabilize the grid.

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The battery storage project will help achieve stabilization, supply power to charging stations and reduce the chance of unscheduled interchange charges.

Ambassador Dinesh K. Patnaik, Acting High Commissioner of India to U.K., said, “This partnership marks the beginning of a significant development in the energy efficiency sector. With the ever-increasing energy consumption, technologies like battery storage will go hand in hand with efficiency to balance supply and demand. I am very hopeful that EPAL, with its excellent track record in driving the UJALA (UK Joins Affordable LEDs for All) initiative, will bring a revolution in the market with its advancement into battery storage projects.”

Saurabh Kumar, Managing Director, EESL, and Chairman of subsidiary EPAL, said, “We are delighted to partner with Leclanché. It has been our constant endeavor to make future-ready technology solutions accessible. With a focus on long, low-carbon initiatives globally, we have partnered with the world's leading battery storage solution provider. We are confident that this partnership will help bring a new era of clean energy solutions for the world.”

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