January 7, 2021: Chinese lithium battery giant CATL has been chosen to provide the batteries for two 110MWh standalone storage systems in Texas, US, the company behind the installation, FlexGen, said on January 5.
The batteries are operated and controlled by FlexGen’s HybridOS management platform, which already has more than 260MW/171MWh of projects in commercial operation, including a number of microgrid and utility-scale energy storage systems around the US as well as a microgrid in eastern Siberia and a utility system in central Siberia.
The installations mean the company will operate 80% of Texas’s battery storage capacity.
Texas ranks second in the US along with Hawaii and New York in terms of battery storage after California, which had 4.2GW across 215 operational projects in 2020, according to the University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems.
Several projects were agreed in 2020 for energy storage installations, including three utility-scale systems totalling 200MW that will be installed by Key Capture, Mitsubishi and Powin Energy working together. They are due to come on line this summer.
In August, the US Energy Storage Association set a target of deploying 100GW of new energy storage for the country across a range of technologies by 2030, trebling a previous target of 35GW by 2025.