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City Utilities adds battery energy storage system

Springfield City Utilities continues to find ways to help use renewable resources for power.

On Thursday they unveiled the Cox Battery Energy Storage System. It consists of two trailers which houses 1,140 12 volt batteries.

The research project began in late spring as a partnership between City Utilities and Northstar Battery. The system is now up and running powered by the Northstar Ace Blue Plus Battery.

“The large battery consists of 76 of these 12 volt blocks in 15 parallel strings. Each Parallel string is 1,000 volts and the 15 parallel strings come together to inverter which then inverts the dc to ac power and to the grid level,” said Frank Fleming, Senior Technology Adviser for Northstar Battery.

The system can run 1 mega watt per hour powering 200 households Plus, it can more than double its output when severe weather events knock out power.

“If you have a severe storm, or an ice storm that takes down some or part of the system you are without power until we can get that system restored and we can deliver that energy to you,” said Scott Miller, general manager for Springfield City Utilities…

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