SCHENECTADY, N.Y. — GE Energy Storage (NYSE: GE) has announced that it will participate in a load-shifting project at Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, Calif., a non-profit education organization. The 500-kilowatt-hour GE storage and Princeton Power Systems (PPS) inverter control system is engineered to shift 10-20 percent of the science center’s daily electrical load from peak hours to less expensive off-peak time periods. The system also will provide backup power in the event of power outages.
Discovery Science Center expects to see an immediate reduction in its electrical bill. “As a dynamic science center, we are eager to demonstrate technologies that can reduce our energy cost while adding to the reliability of the electric grid,” said Kellee Preston, vice president of operations, Discovery Science Center. “We’ll be able to use the system to increase outreach on energy issues and better explain the benefits that storage can bring to the electric grid system.”
The project is part of California’s “Permanent Load Shift” program, a statewide effort to reduce peak demand on the California electrical grid. Southern California Edison will manage the project for the science center. The winning GE Energy Storage and PPS proposal focused on the cost-effectiveness of pairing a Durathon* Energy Storage System with PPS’s advanced inverter and control system.
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