Supercell Technology From Cadenza Is Centerpiece Of New York Energy Storage Project
A new energy storage project will offer New York State rapid response in discharging power to the electric grid. Cadenza Innovation’s lithium-ion supercell technology is centerpiece to a fully integrated, metal-enclosed, and rack-mounted 250 kilowatt-hour (kWh), 50 kilowatt (kW) battery storage unit located outside the New York Power Authority (NYPA) in White Plains.
The cost-effective, high-performance energy storage solution system will shave the NYPA office’s peak electricity demand for up to 5 hours. The project will foreground the safety and use of commercial energy storage systems and could be the stepping stone to more integration of renewable energy resources into the grid.
“Li-ion batteries are the most readily available and widely deployed technology to enable energy storage deployments for commercial and industrial markets, the grid, and other applications,” said Cadenza Innovation founder and CEO Dr. Christina Lampe-Önnerud. “It’s vital that safety be as much of a priority as performance and affordability, and our team has reinvented Li-ion batteries to deliver best-in-class capabilities in all 3 areas.”
The project showcases another example of what’s possible for the transformation to cleaner energy sources through energy storage.
Initially, in 2018, Cadenza Innovation had implemented a safe, low-cost Li-ion battery as a New York State demonstration project. Now, after extensive development, testing, and certification, the battery technology developed by Cadenza Innovation will highlight energy storage’s role in enhancing demand management and grid flexibility and will help advance New York State’s nation-leading climate and clean energy goals.
“For the energy transition, which is happening globally, the need for safe and reliable energy storage is critical,” Lampe-Önnerud told CleanTechnica in an exclusive interview. “That’s because energy storage serves as the bridge between the goal to quickly enable reduced emissions from fossil fuels while concurrently providing strategic solutions for renewable energy generation.”
The total cost of the supercell technology research and development project will be approximately $3 million, with $1 million in funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), approximately $50,000 from NYPA, and the majority of the remainder from Cadenza.
Digging Deeper into Cadenza’s Li-Ion Supercell Technology
Cadenza Innovation’s UL-listed supercell battery architecture substantially reduces the risk of propagation of thermal runaway while packaging components to lower costs and increase safety. It results in a design that improves energy density and advances the Li-ion battery industry. Under the project, NYPA, the largest state public power organization in the nation, will investigate the effectiveness of the energy storage system at reducing the peak load typical of a commercial building.
Once demonstrated, the system could be replicated at other businesses throughout New York State and beyond.