GRID Alternatives recently installed an Invinity Energy Systems vanadium flow battery (VFB) in a fire station operated by the Luiseño Indian soboba band in Southern California. The 500kWh battery is part of a $ 1.7 million project with 500kW of solar on site that will ensure uninterrupted power supply and greatly improve the energy durability of the Soboba Fire Department.
The project is funded in part by US $ 624,000, which was allocated by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to demonstrate the essential role long-term storage can play in delivering clean energy to critical infrastructure.
The fire station is an important part of the Soboba community. Tribesmen live in an area designated as a Tier 3 Extreme Threat Area by the California Public Utilities Commission and have experienced multiple forest fire-related outages in the past two years. In the event of forest fires, the Soboba fire station serves as an operations center and emergency shelter as well as a distribution point for food, equipment and supplies. Hence, an uninterruptible power supply is critical to the resilience of the population.
The VRB and the solar power supply the location with at least 10 hours of continuous emergency power supply.
The project is one of four Invinity flow battery energy storage projects to be selected for funding by KEK as part of a $ 20 million initiative to promote the use of long-term non-lithium energy storage.
Tribal trainees are involved in the project as much as possible in order to increase the willingness to work in the community. GRID Alternatives Inland Empire, a subsidiary of GRID, will work to strengthen community-wide contingency plans and alert members of the Soboba tribe to facility and use in the event of outages and emergencies.
“We are excited to use innovative technology to improve climate resilience in tribal communities in California,” said Lisa Castilone, manager of community development and tribal programs for the GRID Inland Empire. “This project will provide the Soboba Band of the Indian fire station Luiseño with essential energy.” for the reservation and also the surrounding communities. This project will not only enable the emergency services to continue in the event of failures, but also reduce greenhouse gas emissions and mitigate the climate catastrophes that cause the failures in the first place. “
Invinity’s vanadium flow batteries are a form of high-performance, non-degrading, stationary energy storage system that is used in industrial applications with high loads such as grid balancing, renewable “consolidation” and the integration of electric vehicles. VFBs will complement California’s significant wind and solar power by storing assets for eight to ten hours of electricity over the 20 to 30 year lifespan of these generators.
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