April 2, 2018
Consumers Energy has selected Doosan GridTech as its partner to deliver one of the energy provider’s first battery energy storage systems. The Parkview storage system will be deployed at the Colony Farm substation in Kalamazoo, Michigan with a capacity of one megawatt which is enough energy to power 1,000 homes for an hour.
“More than 40 percent of the energy we produce will come from renewable sources and energy storage by 2040, so this battery storage project is an important step today,” said Jean-Francois Brossoit, Consumers Energy’s senior vice president for transformation, engineering and operations support. “We look forward to innovating with Doosan GridTech to help meet our new clean energy goal while still providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to Michigan homes and businesses.”
The battery energy storage system (BESS) will be controlled by Doosan’s Intelligent Controller™ (DG-IC™) ̶ one of the first software control systems built on open standard interfaces. The DG-IC is the “brains” within each system with intelligence to coordinate multiple real and reactive operating modes and be scheduled remotely. Other system components include Samsung’s lithium-ion batteries and Ingeteam’s power conversion system. Doosan’s engineering partner, Commonwealth Associates, will be the project’s engineer-of-record, providing multidiscipline installation design.
The DG-IC also complies with the Modular Energy Storage Architecture (MESA) specifications for software communications between components of a BESS. A founding member of MESA, Doosan has worked with utilities such as Austin Energy, Duke Energy, Puget Sound Energy, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Seattle City Light, and Snohomish Public Utility District to drive development of MESA standards adoption in grid-scale applications.
“We are honored that Consumers Energy has chosen us to deliver one of their first battery energy storage systems,” said Daejin Choi, CEO of Doosan GridTech. “The Parkview system is one in a series of EPC turnkey projects we delivered in the last three years. This solidifies our position as the leader in utility-integrated storage systems. Again, the combination of a competitively priced turnkey system with an open standards-based software architecture was a winning proposition for the utility. Turnkey delivery provides simplicity of purchase while an open standards-based software architecture ensures flexibility across both technology options and suppliers. This is important for both utilities and other front-of-the-meter BESS owners.”
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties. Consumers Energy is creating a sustainable future by focusing on the environment, powering Michigan's economy and investing in people.
Doosan GridTech™ is a global software and solutions provider that helps electric utilities and other megawatt scale customers to evaluate, procure, integrate and optimize energy storage and other distributed energy resources. The Seattle-based company has managed nearly 65 MW of multiple energy storage and renewable integration projects on open standards software platforms across the country and in Southeast Asia. Its parent company, Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction Co Ltd, is headquartered in South Korea and is a multinational conglomerate with an emphasis on industrial and infrastructure products and services.