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EXKAL is Spain’s leading manufacturer of refrigeration systems and a key supplier to the refrigeration and retail sectors in Europe and worldwide with a wide range of sustainable and innovative remote and plug-in cabinets. Their references include the equipment of the first French chain of organic supermarkets BIO c’ BON in Madrid. With a strong commitment towards sustainable development their products combine low power consumption and reduced CO2 emissions by 50 percent, and a significant increase in the period of food conservation.
Based in Navarra, the company decided to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) facility of 110 kilowatt-peak on the roof of the factory for instant self-consumption.And they chose Saft for their energy storage systems (ESS) to boost the operational efficiency of their existing solar PV plant.
The two Saft Intensium® Mini lithium-ion (Li-ion) energy storage systems are helping to achieve a 20 percent reduction in peak power demand from the local grid together with increased self-consumption of solar power. The net result is a reduction of up to eight percent in the site’s energy bills.
This project is a great opportunity to show that energy storage in commercial and industrial applications is a reality that has already happened, and will change our futureClemente López Gilardi Green Renovables energy consultant responsible for the EXKAL Project
The addition of the Saft Li-ion systems, together with an energy management system, has enabled it to be adapted into a storage facility. The aim is to demonstrate two main capabilities: reducing the peak power element of the utility bill by combining energy storage with PV integration; reducing the electricity supply factor of the bill by self-consumption of energy drawn from the batteries at the most expensive time of day.
The two Saft Intensium Mini systems provide the EXKAL manufacturing site with flexible energy storage to meet local grid code requirements, with a capacity of 50 kW power and 200 kWh energy. It is a fully integrated, modular, compact and robust outdoor energy storage system. Based on Saft’s well proven Synerion® Li-ion modules, it ensures high operational reliability over thousands of cycles with excellent energy efficiency. This ESS provides a wide range of energy and power combinations suitable for renewable integration, industrial and commercial installations, utilities, and microgrid applications.