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UET launches grid-scale energy storage system

Iain Morris
June 3, 2014
Energy management player UniEnergy Technologies (UET) has launched a new Uni.System-branded grid-scale energy storage system it claims provides the full range of power and energy functionality needed to support smart grid operations.

The system is described as modular, factory-integrated and “plug and play”, featuring a design that will support the use of multiple energy applications to provide maximum value to customers.

“Utilizing a new generation of vanadium electrolyte initially developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory supported by the US Department of Energy’s Grid Storage Program, with double the energy density and much broader operating temperature range, the Uni.System is a breakthrough product,” said Gary Yang, UET’s (Mukilteo, WA, USA) president and chief executive.

“In addition to all the advantages of traditional vanadium redox flow batteries, such as superior safety, unlimited cycle life, [and] long duration, … the Uni.System is fully containerized including for the first time at grid-scale integrated electrolyte tanks, field-proven large-scale stacks, and optimized controls and power electronics,” he added.

UET also claims the system will support the integration of renewables such as wind and solar to meet portfolio standards and the development of a clean energy future.

Noting that energy storage is critical to smart grids in the same way “data centers are key to the internet”, UET says the system has all the operational flexibility needed to support smart grid operations, and is particularly suited to supporting micro-grids in diverse locations and settings.

It will additionally help utilities to meet challenges around distributed generation, the shift to digital loads, and the optimization of returns on infrastructure investments – claims UET – thanks to its reliability and low upfront costs.
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