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Samsung and Xtreme join up for battery storage initiative

UNITED STATES: Xtreme Power and Samsung have tied-up to provide a 1MW battery storage facility at the Reece Technology Centre, in Texas.

The deal is part of a $27 million Smart Grid Demonstration Project funded by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Centre for Commercialisation of Electric Technologies.

Samsung will provide lithium-ion batteries while Xtreme will supply the control technology. In a statement, the two companies said they would look to make further sales in the renewables sector.

The battery storage system will be connected to the South Plains Electric Cooperative grid. The project itself is being part-managed by Texas Tech University.

Xtreme Power CEO Alan Gotcher said: "Our XACT control platform, which can be integrated with the full range of battery technologies, will break new ground in the industry when paired with Samsung’s unique technology."

Last month, Xtreme worked on a 36MW battery storage system at a Duke Energy project in Texas. To fund the project Duke Energy agreed to match a $22 million grant from the DOE.

The system, which has been described as the world's biggest, was designed by Xtreme and is located at the 153MW Notrees wind farm in west Texas.

However, battery storage is not without its risks, and the launch follows the destruction by fire of an Xtreme battery storage system in Hawaii in August.

According to reports, the fire in the battery storage building at First Wind's 30MW Kahaku project. Honolulu's fire captain said the fire was both difficult to control and dangerous to tackle as the batteries were packed closely together.

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