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Title: Lessons Learned from the Puerto Rico Battery Energy Storage System

Abstract

The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) installed a distributed battery energy storage system in 1994 at a substation near San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was patterned after two other large energy storage systems operated by electric utilities in California and Germany. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Storage Systems Program at Sandia National Laboratories has followed the progress of all stages of the project since its inception. It directly supported the critical battery room cooling system design by conducting laboratory thermal testing of a scale model of the battery under simulated operating conditions. The Puerto Rico facility is at present the largest operating battery storage system in the world and is successfully providing frequency control, voltage regulation, and spinning reserve to the Caribbean island. The system further proved its usefulness to the PREPA network in the fall of 1998 in the aftermath of Hurricane Georges. The owner-operator, PREPA, and the architect/engineer, vendors, and contractors learned many valuable lessons during all phases of project development and operation. In documenting these lessons, this report will help PREPA and other utilities in planning to build large energy storage systems.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
12662
Report Number(s):
SAND99-2232
TRN: AH200120%%459
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: 1 Sep 1999
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
25 ENERGY STORAGE; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; COOLING SYSTEMS; ELECTRIC POWER; ELECTRIC UTILITIES; ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS; FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY; FREQUENCY CONTROL; PUERTO RICO; SANDIA NATIONAL LABORATORIES; SCALE MODELS; STORAGE; THERMAL TESTING

Citation Formats

BOYES, JOHN D., DE ANA, MINDI FARBER, and TORRES, WENCESLANO. Lessons Learned from the Puerto Rico Battery Energy Storage System. United States: N. p., 1999. Web. doi:10.2172/12662.
BOYES, JOHN D., DE ANA, MINDI FARBER, & TORRES, WENCESLANO. Lessons Learned from the Puerto Rico Battery Energy Storage System. United States. doi:10.2172/12662.
BOYES, JOHN D., DE ANA, MINDI FARBER, and TORRES, WENCESLANO. Wed . "Lessons Learned from the Puerto Rico Battery Energy Storage System". United States. doi:10.2172/12662. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/12662.
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title = {Lessons Learned from the Puerto Rico Battery Energy Storage System},
author = {BOYES, JOHN D. and DE ANA, MINDI FARBER and TORRES, WENCESLANO},
abstractNote = {The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) installed a distributed battery energy storage system in 1994 at a substation near San Juan, Puerto Rico. It was patterned after two other large energy storage systems operated by electric utilities in California and Germany. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Energy Storage Systems Program at Sandia National Laboratories has followed the progress of all stages of the project since its inception. It directly supported the critical battery room cooling system design by conducting laboratory thermal testing of a scale model of the battery under simulated operating conditions. The Puerto Rico facility is at present the largest operating battery storage system in the world and is successfully providing frequency control, voltage regulation, and spinning reserve to the Caribbean island. The system further proved its usefulness to the PREPA network in the fall of 1998 in the aftermath of Hurricane Georges. The owner-operator, PREPA, and the architect/engineer, vendors, and contractors learned many valuable lessons during all phases of project development and operation. In documenting these lessons, this report will help PREPA and other utilities in planning to build large energy storage systems.},
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