Rankin Energy Storage SystemRenewable Energy Grid Integration Award.

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Nov 21, 2013 (3 years and 6 months ago)

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THE DUKE RANKIN PROJECT DEVELOPED ALONG WITH FIAMM WINS THE RENEWABLE ENERGY
GRID INTEGRATION AWARD

The FIAMM Group's salt battery project is a winner once again.




At DistribuTECH in San Diego


the leading conference in the smart gr
id services sector


Duke
Energy's
R
ank
in

Energy Storage System
, for which the Italian Group developed the storage
part, took the first prize in the
Renewable Energy Grid Integration Award.


This recognition of FIAMM's products and solutions from the Ameri
can market


in the forefront for Energy
Storage


is the umpteenth confirmation of the quality of the Italian Group's products.


The Duke Rankin project developed by FIAMM in synergy with Duke Energy, (http://www.duke
-
energy.com/north
-
carolina.asp), one
of the top 5 American utilities, came as a response to the US company's
need to become a front runner in the adoption of new energy storage systems for the
Rankin

substation in
North Carolina.


In 2011 FIAMM, along with its American partner S&C (http://ww
w.sandc.com/default.asp), launched a project
with the American company for the creation of a 250 kW/H energy storage system to permit Duke Energy to
double (from 1 to 2 MW) the output from one of its photovoltaic facilities.

This production increase would
have obliged Duke Energy to double the energy distribution infrastructures, but thanks to the substation
created by FIAMM, the American utility did not have to make any modifications because the Italian Group's
system stores the power produced and releases

it into the grid with the elimination of voltage peaks while
levelling distribution.

The storage system designed by FIAMM exploits FIAMM's innovative SoNick nickel sodium chloride
technology which, in addition to exploiting completely recyclable component
s, makes it possible to
'concentrate' a greater quantity of energy in a reduced space thanks to its weight which is up to 70% lower
and its volume which has been reduced by as much as 30% compared with traditional batteries.



Duke Energy is a leader at i
ncorporating battery technology in the electric grid, with installations in Texas,
Indiana and North Carolina.

The Rankin project demonstrated how batteries can directly support the
integration of solar onto the grid.



We have to explore every avenue to m
ake sure the grid can handle the influx of more renewables,” said
Dan Sowder, Duke Energy’s senior project manager.

“We want to see if a central battery installation at a
substation can support the grid.

In the future, there may be neighborhoods full of r
ooftop solar.

We need
to be ready for that.”



It’s satisfying to have this project and our team recognized as the best in the nation,” added Sowder.

“Many areas of Duke Energy came together to tackle a research project that may pay dividends for our
custo
mers in the future.”



The FIAMM Group, founded in 1942, produces and distributes accumulators for automobile ignitions and industrial use
(UPS
-

uninterrupted power supply, energy storage),
sodium
-
nickel batteries for energy storage and automotive, as
wel
l as

acoustic signals.
The group is now present in
60

countries with about
3,300 employees worldwide

and
about
1,200 in Italy
.

The 2012 turnover amounted to a value of
540 million Euro
.

The main markets served are
Italy (26%) and the rest of Europe (51%),
where direct sales to some of the world's most prestigious car
manufacturers
(BMW, Fiat
-
Chrysler, Ford, Mercedes, GM
-
Opel, PSA, Renault
-
Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, Jaguar,
Ferrari, Maserati)

represent about 30% of the turnover.


Info:

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Viale Trento 56F


36100 VICENZA


Raffaela Saccardi

Cel.

+39 348 7479416

saccardi@meneghinieassociati.it


Cinzia Di Rosa

Cel.

+39 347 1010498

dirosa
@meneghinieassociati.it


Matteo Sanavio

Cel.

+ 39 348 7479415

sanavio@meneghinieassociati.it