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Burbank Water and Power Brings First Large-Scale Battery Storage to Burbank

Burbank Water and Power (BWP) has entered into an agreement with ESS Inc. (NYSE: GWH) to bring the first utility-scale battery storage project to Burbank. As part of the agreement, a 75 kW iron flux battery will be installed and connected to a 265 kW solar panel on the BWP EcoCampus.

The Iron Flow Battery will provide several new opportunities for Burbank, such as supporting more renewable energy on the grid, the ability to store and use intermittent renewable energy as a source of baseload energy for the city and improve grid resilience. The battery is expected to have a lifespan of 25 years and is a long-lasting battery, meaning it can store 6-12 hours of power for later use. Additionally, the iron flux battery is safe, non-toxic, and made from abundant earthen materials mainly sourced from the United States.

“BWP is already using small-scale battery technology in our substations, but this initiative will be the largest battery installed in Burbank, providing enough renewable energy for 300 homes per year,” said Mandip Samra, Deputy General Manager. power supply at BWP. “This installation will allow us to store excess solar energy on the grid and use it during peak hours and at night. This is a big step towards achieving our goal of having greenhouse gas-free electricity by 2040 and providing energy storage for Burbank now and for decades to come.

“ESS is thrilled to partner with Burbank Water and Power to deploy the city’s first large-scale energy storage project,” said Hugh McDermott, senior vice president of business development and sales for ESS. “BWP demonstrates the central role that long-duration energy storage will play in a decarbonized grid and we look forward to working with them to achieve their ambitious climate goals.”

To help offset the cost of the battery and installation, BWP secured a grant from the American Public Power Association Demonstration of Energy and Efficiency Development for $125,000. The battery is expected to be installed by December 2023.