Duke Power is increasing its battery storage capabilities in North Carolina and has begun business operation of an 11 MW undertaking in Onslow County.
The battery system will continuously be operated together with an adjoining 13 MW photo voltaic facility positioned on a leased website inside Marine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, which has been producing power since 2015. The 2 websites can be operated independently.
Each initiatives are related to a Duke Power substation and can be used to serve all Duke Power Progress prospects. Future work may allow the photo voltaic and battery programs to enhance the resiliency of MCB Camp Lejeune towards outages.
“Integration of the photo voltaic plant with a battery power storage system, unthinkable a decade in the past, presents the set up with quite a few alternatives to realize power resilience goals,” says U.S. Navy Commander Ross Campbell, director, public works at MCB Camp Lejeune. “These programs are a part of the continued collaboration with the Division of Protection and its utility suppliers to make sure power safety at federal amenities.”
The battery’s chemistry is lithium iron phosphate with the system rated at 11-MW/11-MWh, and its bodily footprint is about 1 acre. Duke Power partnered with Black and Veatch development entity OCI, which acted because the prime contractor for engineering, procurement and development.