AES Builds A World Record Energy Storage System Thats Bigger Than Tesla’s
Not happy to be in anyone’s shadow, and just few weeks after Tesla’s 80-MWh/20-MW energy storage project for Southern California Edison debuted, there’s yet another world record energy storage system (ESS).
AES Energy Storage has just launched a system that’s 50 percent larger – 120 MWh/30 MW – for San Diego Gas & Electric in Escondido, California. How long will it be before Tesla retorts?
The AES Energy Storage systems utilizes 400,000 lithium-ion cells supplied by Samsung SDI in 20,000 modules and 24 containers.
SeparatelyAES Energy Storage recently installed a smaller, 7.5-MW ESS for SDG&E.
“Today, SDG&E is showcasing the world’s largest lithium-ion battery energy storage facility in partnership with AES Energy Storage, which will enhance regional energy reliability while maximizing renewable energy use. The 30 megawatt (MW) energy storage facility is capable of storing up to 120 megawatt hours of energy, the energy equivalent of serving 20,000 customers for four hours.
According to the press release, SDG&E expects to develop or interconnect more than 330 MWs of energy storage on the system by 2030.
For Samsung SDI, 120 of MWh battery is equivalent to the installed capacity in more than 3,600 BMW i3s with 33.2 kWh packs (or about equivalent to six months of i3 sales in the U.S.).