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GE unveils new energy storage platform

UNITED STATES: GE has announced a new energy storage platform utilising its Internet of things (IoT) technology, with a 1.2MW, 4MWh unit as its first product.

The first product of GE's new energy storage platform is the 1.2MW, 4MWh Reservoir Storage Unit
The first product of GE's new energy storage platform is the 1.2MW, 4MWh Reservoir Storage Unit

The Reservoir platform will typically be used to complement wind, solar and thermal power applications, as well as alongside generation, transmission or distribution assets, GE stated.

It can help power generators increase renewables integration, the company said.

The platform will use GE’s Iot Predix and Edge controls technologies to "provide data-driven insights that help energy operators enhance their systems", the manufacturer added.

Reservoir can serve as a storage solution for AC- or DC-coupled systems, and will also allow users to manage higher levels of renewable power, stabilise grid systems, manage peak demand and control energy flow, GE stated.

The six-metre 1.2MW, 4MWh Reservoir Storage Unit is the first product from the platform to be unveiled.

The unit will be capable of extending battery life by 15%, the manufacturer claimed.

GE added that it has a pre-launch commitment for the platform of 20MW (80MWh).

Eric Gebhardt, vice president and strategic technology officer at GE Power, said: "GE’s Reservoir platform can fit into almost any setting, from centralised grid systems to the most remote villages and communities.

"The Reservoir also allows energy providers new degrees of flexibility for more intelligently managing and getting the most out of all their power assets."

Last year, GE teamed up with Apple to publish a software development kit to use GE’s Predix platform to Apple’s devices, allowing users to customise apps capable of tracking the manufacturer’s industrial equipment remotely.

GE has previously introduced energy storage technology, including a 41MW battery system unveiled last month.

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