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Chicago-based S&C Electric Co., a smart grid and energy storage integration provider, says that its PureWave storage management system in Field, British Columbia, is helping reduce the length and frequency of power outages in the community.

According to S&C, the system, which is owned by utility BC Hydro, integrates a 1 MW sodium-sulfur battery bank to the power grid, providing up to seven hours of clean back-up power should the power grid experience a disruption. S&C adds that the system provides peak shaving on a daily basis.

The company notes that Field is a remote mountain community that relies on a single 55 km overhead distribution line to deliver power from the substation in Golden. In this mountainous terrain, S&C reports that heavy forestation, difficult access and adverse climate conditions result in frequent faults affecting reliability. The energy storage system, S&C says, helps alleviate this problem by automatically transferring Field's electric load to battery power when the grid is disrupted.

The $13 million project was made possible with a $6.5 million grant from Natural Resources Canada's Clean Energy Fund.

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