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Santa Ana, Calif.-based Discovery Science Center, a nonprofit education organization, will install a GE Energy Storage Durathon energy storage system paired with Princeton Power Systems' advanced inverter and control solution.

According to GE, the project is part of California's Permanent Load Shift program, a statewide effort to reduce peak demand on the state's electrical grid. Southern California Edison will manage the project for the science center.

GE says the 500 kWh system is engineered to shift 10% to 20% of the science center's daily electrical load from peak hours to off-peak time periods. The system also will provide backup power in the event of power outages, GE notes.

"Unlike traditional thermal-based energy storage technologies, battery-based energy storage systems can be used by a much wider range of customers," says Prescott Logan, general manager of GE Energy Storage. "This type of project will demonstrate that battery-based load-shifting technology can enable customers to meet demand responses, as well as permanently shift a significant percentage of daily electrical loads to non-critical hours."

GE reports that both Discovery Science Center and Southern California Edison will monitor the performance of the system and use it to assess how remote storage system deployment can improve the performance of distribution networks.

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