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Samsung SDI, an affiliate of Samsung Group, and Xtreme Power, a Texas-based provider of energy storage and power systems, say they have been selected by the Center for the Commercialization of Electric Technologies (CCET) to install a 1 MW/1 MWh lithium-ion-based battery energy storage system (BESS). The companies will install the system at the Reese Technology Center in Lubbock, Texas, as part of a smart grid demonstration project (SGDP).

The $27 million demonstration project is jointly funded by CCET partners and the U.S. Department of Energy as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The BESS will be owned and operated by South Plains Electric Cooperative (SPEC) as one of several project technologies to serve the SGDP objectives of wind integration.

The BESS will be connected to SPEC's distribution grid at the Reese Technology Center as part of an ongoing wind technology program managed by GroupNIRE and Texas Tech University. The BESS will focus on combing utility-scale energy storage with wind generation. According to the companies, potential uses for the BESS include mitigating intermittent fluctuations of a number of nearby wind turbines, regulating the distribution bus voltage, serving as spinning reserve, and providing frequency support during the loss of generation.

The project marks the first order for the newly formed Samsung SDI/Xtreme Power alliance. Coupling Samsung SDI's lithium manganese oxide battery with Xtreme Power's Xtreme Active Control Technology, the two firms say they have partnered to create an optimal energy storage solution for renewable integration and grid support.

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