ViZn Energy Systems and Raychem RPG Team Up to Deliver Energy Storage to the Power Grid Corporation of India

“ViZn Flow battery systems to provide grid stabilization services in India”

AUSTIN, TX- ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn), a leading provider of energy storage systems for utility, C&I, and microgrid applications, has been awarded a 1MWh utility energy storage contract to ensure electrical grid stability in India. ViZn’s systems will be installed and integrated by Raychem RPG at Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL) facilities in Puducherry, India.

The country of India is projected by Mercom Capital Group to install over 9 GW of new solar capacity in 2017, which will make it one of the largest solar markets in the world along with China, the United States, and Japan. India is already the fourth largest wind market in the world (behind China, the United States, and Germany) according to the Global Wind Energy Council with over 25 GW of installed wind power generation capacity. PGCIL is an Indian Public Limited Company that has the mandate for planning, coordination, supervision and control over the inter-state transmission systems and the national and regional power grids. The company plans to utilize energy storage to play a crucial role in ensuring the stability of the grid and providing balancing mechanisms.

“India is an exciting, yet virtually untapped, market for energy storage due to the rapid growth of renewable energy and utility infrastructure challenges. For example, there are wind farms & solar farms that are curtailed over 30 percent annually. The Indian grid is adding significant amounts of renewable generation — which are inherently variable and intermittent by nature — so to ensure the stability of the grid, balancing mechanisms in the form of battery energy storage systems will play a crucial role. Energy storage can resolve T&D issues, better integrate clean energy, offer businesses reliable and resilient power, and cost effectively enable microgrids for the 20 percent of the population that does not have grid access,” said Ron Van Dell, President, and CEO of ViZn Energy Systems. “Raychem is a highly respected energy and infrastructure company and we look forward to working with them on our initial entry to the Indian market.”

Raychem RPG has been in business for almost 30 years as a leading enabler of energy technology solutions that improve the performance, reliability, and economy of the electrical grid. “ViZn’s zinc-iron flow batteries are a great value given their excellent total cost of ownership over 20 years,” said Nitin Sharma, Head – Solar & EMS of Raychem. “We selected ViZn because their system will provide maximum power and cycles for 20 years with no degradation. Grid stabilization is a high-stress application and ViZn is quite unique in their ability to execute without HVAC equipment in a harsh tropical climate that often exceeds 120°F in the summer.”

The ViZn flow batteries are housed in shipping containers that do not require cooling systems and are easily interconnected to meet a project’s power and energy requirements. ViZn Energy’s flow batteries experience zero capacity fade over 20 years and they have full access to 100% of their state of charge, giving them significantly more usable output than competitive batteries. Uniquely, they are also capable of performing both rapid, high-power discharges and slower, long-duration releases at lower power (unlike other storage technologies that can only do one or the other). This enables utilities, C&I customers, and other end users to stack applications and incorporate multiple value streams. The inherently safe zinc-iron chemistry uses globally abundant materials and is non-flammable, non-toxic and easily recyclable at the end of life.

ViZn Energy Systems Selected to Provide Commercial-Scale Flow Battery in Central America

“200kW / 800kWh battery to be paired with solar to achieve significant OPEX savings at a world class resort in Nicaragua”

AUSTIN, TX – ViZn Energy Systems Inc. (ViZn), a leading provider of energy storage systems for utility, commercial and industrial (C&I), and microgrid applications has been selected to provide a 200kW (four hours) flow battery in Central America. The versatile zinc-iron redox battery from ViZn is being combined with an 800kWp solar array that will enable the Rancho Santana resort to take advantage of multiple behind-the-meter services, giving an estimated payback on the system of six and a half years.

“Electricity in Nicaragua is amongst the most expensive in Latin America and many C&I customers there are on a grid tariff with a peak rate between 6 pm and 10 pm when the energy usage spikes,” said Ron Van Dell, President, and CEO of ViZn Energy Systems. “There is also no net metering for excess solar electricity, so our four-hour battery is a strong match for the market because it enables customers to install larger PV systems, get significantly cheaper energy than the grid rates, and mitigate elevated energy and demand rates during the evening network peak.”

Rancho Santana is a world-class resort and residential community covering 2,700 acres on the Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. The property has 152 homes and an additional 17 rooms and load is growing every year. PELICAN, S.A., an EPC based in Nicaragua, will be installing the PV system and integrating it with the ViZn flow battery and backup diesel generators.

“Our annual utility expenses are growing and we are exposed to significant peak demand charges, so we had to find a way to sustainably reduce our energy costs without impacting the sensitive environment at the resort,” said Rancho Santana CEO Matt Turner. “PELICAN proposed an innovative solar+storage system that will allow us to save over $250,000 per year on our utility bills. Using the non-toxic ViZn batteries for the energy storage not only alleviates any of the environmental concerns but also provides excellent ROI.”

Allan Cruz and Lâl Marandin are the co-founders of PELICAN and they said, “Rancho Santana came to PELICAN for help. We’ve been working with them to identify the best solar+storage solution and after evaluating numerous storage options, ViZn had the most economically attractive system. ViZn was awarded this project because its versatility to provide both power and energy services gave us confidence the asset would be able to accommodate future growth at the resort.”

The ViZn energy storage system is a self-contained solution that does not require cooling systems and is easily interconnected to meet higher power and energy requirements. ViZn Energy’s flow batteries experience zero capacity fade over 20 years and they have full access to 100% of their state of charge, giving them significantly more usable output than competitive batteries. Uniquely, they are also capable of performing both rapid, high-power discharges and slower, long-duration releases at lower power (unlike other storage technologies that can only do one or the other). This enables utilities, C&I customers, and other end users to stack applications and incorporate multiple value streams. The inherently safe zinc-iron chemistry uses globally abundant materials and is non-flammable, non-toxic and easily recyclable at the end of life.