Thursday, May 10, 2012
Balqon's Battery Storage System Powers Up UCR Building
Balqon Corp., a developer of electric vehicles, drive systems and lithium battery storage devices, announced that on May 5, 2012, a one Megawatt Hour lithium battery storage system installed by Balqon Corporation at the University of California, Riverside ("UCR") went operational, providing electric power to the Bourns College of Engineering building. The one MWh battery storage system installed at UCR is one of the largest battery storage systems installed by Balqon and includes lithium batteries and Balqon's proprietary components, such as Balqon's 160 kilo Watt battery charger, Balqon's 240 kW flux vector inverter, Balqon's battery management system and related power electronics components.
"The six month development period for our battery storage system that is now operational at UCR certainly tested the limits of our inverter and charger technologies. The development period has been an educationally rewarding process for us and has expanded our interest in addressing opportunities in the lithium battery energy storage market.
We are using the technologies developed during the UCR project to address other lithium battery storage opportunities related to cell towers and solar and wind energy systems" said Balwinder Samra, Chief Executive Officer of Balqon Corporation. "The use of battery storage systems for peak-shaving applications, where batteries are charged during off-peak hours and the energy stored during that time is used during peak hours, may be an economically viable solution for large commercial buildings and educational institutions," Samra added.
In January, 2012, the Center for Environmental Research and Technology at the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR received a $2 million award for a two-year project, supported by the South Coast Air Quality Management District ("AQMD") and involving a number of public and private partners, to build solar arrays, advanced battery storage, vehicle charging stations, an electric trolley, and a grid management system to provide clean energy to clean vehicles efficiently. The installation of Balqon's energy storage system is part this larger project at UCR. Reza Abbaschian, dean of the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR, stated that this larger "project will allow us to help the City of Riverside make a huge leap toward in realizing its Green Action Plan." "Our research capabilities, combined with the expertise and resources of our industry and municipal agency partners, promises to provide clean, renewable energy solutions in the years ahead," Abbaschian added. "We're pleased that AQMD recognized the benefits of this project," said Reza Abbaschian. "This is yet another example of our commitment to smart-grid energy solutions that integrate solar energy generation, battery storage, and distribution that are at the core of the mission of CE-CERT and our new Winston Chung Global Energy Center," he added.
The Winston Chung Global Energy Center is a new venture funded by Balqon's Chairman of the Board, Chinese inventor, entrepreneur and Fellow of Bourns College at UCR, Winston Chung. Chung's company, Winston Global Energy, will donate 2-megawatts of rare earth lithium-ion batteries for the project. Balqon, will assist in the conversion of the trolley and in the installation of a additional battery storage, charging and distribution system similar to 1.1-megawatt battery storage system installed by Balqon at the Bourns College of Engineering at UCR.