1. IID Demonstrates Battery’s Emergency Black Start Capability

    IID Demonstrates Battery’s Emergency Black Start Capability

    Believed to be a first for the energy industry, Imperial Irrigation District has successfully demonstrated the emergency black start capability of its state-of-the-art battery energy storage system. Black start is the process of restoring an electric power station, or a part of an electric grid, to operation without relying on the external transmission network. On May 10, the district’s new battery energy storage system, which went online in October 2016, successfully supplied the electricity needed to start IID’s 44-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas turbine at the El Centro Generating Station. To stabilize the power plant, the battery energy storage system then converted, by design, to become an energy load consumer.

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