First Nation wind project deploys battery storage in Canada

French energy-storage specialist Saft is to build a pair of lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery units for a First Nation wind power development in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Two of the company’s 400kW Intensium Max 20E Li-on batteries will be supplied under the deal with Cowessess First Nation’s High Wind and Storage Project, which is located outside the provincial capital of Regina.

The grid-connected units are expected to boost production from the project’s two 800kW wind turbines significantly over the 15-year lifespan of the system.

"This is an extremely important project that will increase the amount of renewable generation we can deploy on the grid,” says Cowessess Chief Grady Lerat.

Saft claims that the Li-ion batteries have been show to perform “wind smoothing” with a maximum ramp rate of 10% per minute of the output of the 800kW turbine, while also providing up to 400kWh of peak-shaving capability.

The units are slated to be brought online early 2013.

Cowesses First Nation is running the project in collaboration with the Saskatchewan Research Council.