Innovating Battery Energy Storage Systems
New sources of energy demand innovative energy storage. To keep pace with today’s trends, utilities need an understanding of evolving battery energy storage systems (BESS) as well as the resources to implement, monitor, and manage them efficiently and safely. In short, the need for energy storage technology is over, and the need for energy storage solutions has just begun.
Black & Veatch combines deep industry knowledge, the latest technologies, comprehensive lifecycle services and an unmatched safety commitment to help you achieve your long-duration and hybrid renewable energy storage goals today and into the future.
Supporting Battery Energy Storage Throughout the Lifecycle
Battery Energy Storage Competencies
Lithium, Iron (Ferrum), and Phosphate (LFP) is the Black & Veatch-preferred method for safety, power, and long life but we also have expertise in Nickel, Manganese and Cobalt (NMC), lead-based and flow batteries, thermal storage, flywheel and liquid air energy storage.
Black & Veatch offers a customizable, turn-key battery solution to satisfy quality, safety and functional requirements. With extensive containerization design experience, established relationships with equipment suppliers and flexible Balance of Plant (BOP) capabilities, our integrated solution provides a simplified approach to your energy storage projects.
Combined solar + storage solutions designed with interspersed DC-coupled batteries among panels help reduce clipped energy loss providing efficiencies and economic benefits.
Cell-based batteries have storage duration limits tied to the amount of stored energy behind electrical protection equipment for short-circuits and fault-currents: typically 4 hours, possibly 6 hours. For longer duration storage there are electrochemical batteries where the active materials are fluids and can be stored in tanks yielding 8 to 12 hours of duration depending on tank size. Long duration storage is tied to the increase in renewable generation as the lowest cost form of new generation and as clean sustainable electricity. This increase in variable renewable energy will drive the need for longer duration energy storage to stabilize the grid: from several days to a few weeks of stored electricity.
We work with many of the major utilities in the United States, and know their standards and preferences. This, combined with our experience with overhead and underground lines across all voltages, GIS, HVDC, and our self-perform or subcontract construction solutions, allows us to deliver a seamless renewable integration project.
More Than Just a Commitment to Safety
At Black & Veatch, safety is integrated into your energy storage solution from the get-go. Explore the safety elements of your battery storage system from Black & Veatch. Four points of optimal fire protection mean peace of mind for you and safe operation of your BESS solution.
Partnership with Energy Storage Association
Black & Veatch is an active member of Energy Storage Association (ESA) through event participation, signing on to their support of ITC legislation for stand-alone energy storage systems and joining their corporate responsibility initiative. ESA recently sat down with our BESS experts to discuss current trends and what is on the horizon for the industry. We hope to see you at the in-person annual conference this December.
See How We Lead the Energy Storage Industry
Hot Topics When Considering Solar PV and Battery Energy Storage Projects
A discussion on current topics that are being considered when planning, developing, and implementing solar PV and battery energy storage projects. Specifically, they will be diving into considerations for the adoption of bi-facial PV module technology on solar PV project design and performance, and the addition of battery energy storage to solar-based renewable power generation projects.Watch Now
The Distribution System Battery Energy Storage System (BESS): Planning and Applications
Distributed Energy Resources (DER) such as customer sited generation and electric vehicles are rapidly changing the landscape of utility distribution systems. This webinar will discuss the application of BESS at the distribution system level, and illustrate, with case studies, what a BESS can and can’t do. The discussion will also include planning and design studies needed for BESS implementation.Watch Now
Five Reasons Why Battery Storage Will Take Off
One of the noticeable effects of worldwide efforts to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has been improved air quality, particularly in urban areas. Stay-at-home orders and a decrease in global travel have been cited as driving down emissions and pollution but attributing all these improvements to behavioral changes can be somewhat misleading.Read More