Electrify America installs first megawatt-level BESS
In the USA, Electrify America has unveiled its first application of a megawatt-level battery energy storage system (BESS) for electric vehicle charging stations.
The Volkswagen subsidiary already has smaller, existing BESS installations at over 150 stations across the U.S. This includes more than 100 installations in California. The megawatt level of this BESS means that the station in Baker, California has expanded from eight to twelve chargers.
Electrify America says that the Baker station was selected for the first deployment of the megawatt-level energy storage system because of its remote location and utility capacity constraints. The station now has additional power with the integration of the roughly 1.5 MW / 3 MWh energy storage system with 66 kW of generation potential from the solar canopy.
Jigar Shah, Head of Energy Services at Electrify America, explained: “As we expand the use of such solutions to more of our charging stations and also to our medium-duty and heavy-duty electric fleet customers, we are positioned to enable continued transportation electrification even in the face of utility capacity constraints.”