KCP&L Pilots New Energy Storage System
(Transmission & Distribution World Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) KCP&L,
Inc. have announced the installation and trial of a new smart
grid energy storage technology in Kansas City.
The new technology is a nano-battery cell developed by
Exergonix, a Lee's Summit-based firm. The one-megawatt battery is
in its first live smart grid test and was installed this summer at
the KCP&L SmartGrid Innovation Park near 48th Street and Troost
Avenue. The battery will support KCP&L's SmartGrid
Demonstration Area, which encompasses the MRIGlobal facilities in
The battery installation was unveiled at a community ribbon
cutting for the SmartGrid Innovation Park. The park is part of an
educational effort to explain new technology in the urban core and
to help consumers get smarter about energy.
With the installation, KCP&L is testing the battery system's
effectiveness for managing energy on the electric grid. The battery
stores solar energy produced in the Demonstration Area, and is used
to support energy delivery during peak demand times of the day.
Exergonix uses a patented lithium ion storage system, which
integrates a higher energy density battery and advanced electronic
MRIGlobal supports the trial by conducting independent tests and
analysis on the performance of the battery. MRIGlobal experts will
examine environmental and economic performance, as well as the
technical operations, durability, and reliability of the
MRIGlobal has significant expertise in energy, including in
solar and wind energy and other sustainable sources like algae and
biomass. MRIGlobal has managed and operated the National Renewable
Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy since its
inception in 1977.
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