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Intensium® Max 20E containerized Energy Storage System (ESS) enables Cowessess First Nation to make wind power reliable and despatchable.
Cowessess First Nation (CFN) is a community based in the province of Saskatchewan, central Canada. With responsibility for administering a population of more than 3,000 people, CFN manages the reserve lands and various local government functions.
In 2012, CFN was selected as one of 20 Clean Energy Fund (CEF) projects to receive funding from various Canadian government bodies which support the development of the High Wind and Storage Project on land 2 km southeast of Regina, the capital city of Saskatchewan.
CFN wanted to reduce its energy bills by harnessing the extensive but intermittent wind power of the Saskatchewan prairie to ensure a more continuous and predictable output for on-grid and potentially off-grid applications.
The Canadian government would like to establish more renewable power generation throughout the country.
The main objectives of the High Wind and Storage project are:
Working with the Saskatchewan Research Council, CFN undertook a five-year $5.5 million High Wind and Storage pilot project comprising an 800 kW wind turbine twinned with a lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage system.
For the project, Saft supplied two Intensium® Max 20E systems.
Key features of the system include:
This is an extremely important project that will increase the amount of renewable generation we can deploy on the grid. It’s critical to have Saft providing state-of-the-art technology to make the High Wind and Storage Project successful.Grady Lerat Cowessess Chief
The utility-scale wind battery system was switched on in early 2013 and is now acting as a model for other First Nation communities across Canada. If its long term performance meets expectations, wind energy storage technology is expected to be cost competitive with energy from clean coal or clean natural gas. The plant’s performance enables CFN to:
Saft’s earlier successes in integrating energy storage systems with renewable energy installations provide the perfect foundation for the CFN project to demonstrate the benefits of Li-ion energy storage in enhancing the value of wind energy.Jim McDowall Business Development Manager, Saft’s Energy Storage Systems Business Unit in Jacksonville, FL.
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