|[January 23, 2013]
Primus Power Receives Department of Defense Energy Storage System Demonstration Contract
HAYWARD, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
Primus Power, a leader in multi-megawatt, multi-hour, grid-scale
electrical energy storage, was awarded a contract by Raytheon's (News - Alert)
Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) business to deliver and support an
electrical energy storage system for a microgrid at the Marine Corps Air
Station (MCAS) in Miramar, California. Primus will work closely with
Raytheon as part of the "Zinc Bromide Flow Battery Installation for
Islanding and Backup Power" project funded by the Department of Defense
Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESCTP).
A microgrid is a self-contained electrical grid comprised of energy
generation, distribution, storage and loads all managed by an automated
control system on a remote or secure location, such as a military base.
Energy storage systems are a key enabler to integrate intermittent solar
and wind energy into a small grid. Growth for microgrids is being driven
by security threats, natural disaster concerns, increase in electricity
from renewable energy sources, and the need for secure and reliable
At MCAS Miramar a Primus Power 250 kW - 1 MWh Primus EnergyPodTM
will be integrated with an existing 230 kW photovoltaic system. The
combined microgrid system will demonstrate several capabilities
including reducing peak electrical demand typically experienced in
weekday afternoons and providing power to critical military systems when
grid power is not available. "The DoD is adopting microgrids at
stationary bases to sustain operations independent of what is happening
on the larger utility grid," said Tom Stepien, CEO of Primus Power.
"Primus Power's energy storage systems can shift, shape and firm
electricity. Our systems have the unique combination of safety, cost and
performance attributes that ake them an ideal choice for microgrids
such as Miramar's. The selection of our system by MCAS, Raytheon and
ESCTP underscores the value of our solution."
Primus Power's containerized flow battery systems are designed to meet
the needs of military installation applications. "Primus Power's
technology promises to help enable the performance, reliability and low
ownership cost essential to military installation applications," said
David Altman, Lead Program Manager at Raytheon IDS. "Raytheon chose
Primus after a detailed competitive assessment of alternative
technologies and is proud to partner with them on what we believe will
be an important demonstration."
MCAS Miramar is home to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, the
aviation element of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force. Mick
Wasco, MCAS Miramar Energy Manager, emphasized "dependable power is
absolutely essential to our operation. Ruggedized energy storage systems
like Primus' EnergyPodTM will go a long way to providing
uninterrupted power. We are looking forward to installing the system in
mid-2014 and the potential thereafter."
About Primus Power
Primus Power is a leader in cost effective, utility-grade energy storage
solutions with a safe, scalable, distributed system that economically
serves multiple storage applications. With patented innovations in
chemistry, cell design and system engineering, the Company's EnergyPods™
offer exceptional power density and portability at industry-low prices.
Primus is the only company to receive government grants from the U.S.
Department of Energy (DOE), the Advanced Research Projects Agency -
Energy (ARPA-E), and the California Energy Commission (News - Alert) (CEC). Its
technology stands to revolutionize the economics, stability, and
security of the electric grid, while accelerating the incorporation of
renewable wind and solar energy. Primus is headquartered in Hayward,
California. For further information, please visit us at www.primuspower.com
and follow on Twitter (News - Alert) @GridStorage.
ESTCP is DoD's environmental technology demonstration and validation
program. The Program was established in 1995 to promote the transfer of
innovative technologies that have successfully established proof of
concept to field or production use. ESTCP demonstrations collect cost
and performance data to overcome the barriers to employ an innovative
technology because of concerns regarding technical or programmatic risk,
the so-called "Valley of Death." http://www.serdp.org/About-SERDP-and-ESTCP/About-ESTCP
EnergyPodTM and Primus Power Smart Grid StorageTM
are trademarks of Primus Power Corporation.
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