CODA Opens 1 MWh Energy Storage System In California

3 years ago by Mark Kane 9

CODA Energy ESS Container

CODA Energy ESS Container

CODA Energy: 1,054 kWh / 510 kW ESS

CODA Energy: 1,054 kWh / 510 kW ESS

CODA Energy is expanding its business of energy storage systems by launching 1,054 kWh / 510 kW unit called “the largest behind-the-meter energy storage system in the Los Angeles basin“.

1,054 kWh is equivalent to 35 30 kWh battery packs for cars. CODA Energy, like CODA Automotive, is using LiFePO4 cells.

“The 1,054kWh / 510kW system was developed under a contract with South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) and co-funded through California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). The project demonstrates the scalability of CODA Energy’s peak shaving product architecture by managing demand charges for its facility headquarters.”

CODA began installations at the beginning of the year and stated that it already reached a level of nearly 3 MWh.

Peter Nortman, COO and CTO at CODA Energy stated:

“CODA Energy set high goals for this year. We now have proven solutions that cover the full spectrum of our commercial and industrial customers’ needs for peak power and energy. Our behind-the-meter active and interconnected storage systems range from a 40kWh UL listed energy storage appliance to this 1,054 kWh scaled and tailored aggregation solution. We provide the most innovative, reliable, and technologically advanced storage systems currently available. This system is actually comprised of two (2) networked and aggregated multi-tower systems that can operate in concert or deliver independent, specialized services. CODA’s scalable hardware and proprietary networking software give us high flexibility in system configuration, and the ability to expand in a cohesive and modular way within a site, across multiple sites, or regionally. We have achieved our 2014 goal of putting a solid, working foundation in place that we can scale from.”

Here is further info on CODA Energy:

“CODA Energy Demonstrates Scalability

CODA Energy’s commitment to its customers’ needs and leading growth in the energy storage industry is fundamental to the scalability of its business. The company’s technology is also highly adaptable, as evidenced by projects ranging from small commercial applications to large scale installations. In addition to the 1,054kWh project, CODA has installed two more multi-tower networked systems totaling another 1MW that are ready to interconnect, and a third 120kW networked, multi-tower array that is currently undergoing validation and slated for customer delivery in early 2015.

The 1,054kWh / 510kW energy storage system is comprised of new lithium-iron phosphate electric vehicle (EV) battery cell packs and demonstrates the possibility of second life electric vehicle (EV) battery applications. The project provides large-scale peak shaving for the CODA Energy manufacturing facility in support of the company’s existing and growing energy needs, alleviating CODA’s usage of the local grid. As part of the company’s building load management, the system is used to power EV charging stations for CODA Energy’s electric vehicle fleet and local visitors to Monrovia’s nearby downtown businesses.”

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9 responses to "CODA Opens 1 MWh Energy Storage System In California"

  1. M Hovis says:

    What is the usable life expectancy of this system?

    1. Foo says:

      Hopefully longer than a CODA vehicle.

  2. Spec9 says:

    These things may pay off by eliminating demand charges and gaming the time-of-use rates.

    Just gaming the time-of-use rates probably doesn’t pay back well but those demand charges can be big.

  3. jstack6 says:

    Properly used Lithium battery systems should last 20 years at 80% or higher capacity retained. Even the battery system in my FORD Focus EV will last 20 years at 80% or more capacity because they are thermally managed and never charge over 90%.

  4. Bill Howland says:

    I question the caption on the first ‘blue sky’ picture.. You don’t need 115 kv transmission for a measly 500 kw.

    Most supermarkets are much bigger than that and there are no high-tension lines anywhere around.

    The inset shot with the 8 square-d safety switches looks much more like 500 kw.

    To put it in more practical terms thats 600 amps @ 480 volts.

    1. Bill Howland says:

      ….or, in keeping with this blog, 4 – 85 kwh model s’s charging.

  5. Bill Howland says:

    I wonder if the purpose of this system is advertising…

    I mean what good would 500 kw, or 1054 kwh do for a dinky microscopic town like Los Angeles? A single small house probably uses more energy than that in a month during the summer time, and I’m told (having never been there) there are dozens of homes.

    1. Bill Howland says:

      I thought someone would get the gag, but the same thing happened with the divorce article.

  6. Bill Howland says:

    I can see we’ve made GREAT PROGRESS in the past 100 years. In my hometown, Buffalo, in the square mile dc network downtown, in use from around 1900 to the 1930’s, every block had a 20 MWH battery substation, and the batteries were just considered incidental to the energy conversion process (taking 12kv 25hz ac and converting it to 125/250 volt dc).
    Besides back then more electric cars, and electric public transportation, we’ve now come to the point 100 years later where a facility that can handle essentially no electricity in all of Los Angeles (1/20 th size of the very commonplace stuff 100 years ago) is considered newsworthy.