NEW YORK, June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ener1, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEV) and the Russian Federal Grid Company (FGC) (MICEX: FEES) today announced they will display a fully operational, lithium-ion, distributed energy storage system as part of the 15th annual St. Petersburg International Economic Forum which will be held June 16-18 in Russia. The Forum will be attended by more than 2,500 people. Leading the roster of government leaders and corporate CEOs from around the world are opening speeches by the President of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, and the President of the People's Republic of China, Hu Jintao.
Ener1 and FGC will be displaying a 70 kWh distributed energy storage system. While the unit is a smaller version of the large-scale solutions the companies are co-developing as part of an agreement signed last November, it will provide attendees an understanding of how the two companies can strategically manage power storage for the country's electric grid. The large-scale distributed energy storage systems being developed -- which will be used for emergency back-up power at FGC substations in St. Petersburg and the Black Sea port city of Sochi, site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games -- are scheduled to be installed in Russia in the next few months. The first unit will be shipped in the next few weeks.
"Ener1 is committed to working with FGC as part of its effort to support Russia's $15-billion investment to modernize the country's electric grid infrastructure through 2012," said Ener1 Chairman and CEO Charles Gassenheimer. "Together, we're developing energy storage solutions that we hope will leap-frog the current infrastructure and leverage the benefits of a smart grid technology, which could ultimately save FGC and its customers millions of dollars.""We've been working with FGC's Mobile GTES subsidiary to develop and manufacture two distributed energy storage systems," said Bruce Curtis, president of grid energy storage solutions for Ener1. "When the units are installed this fall, we believe they will provide viable solutions to help strengthen Russia's electric grid in two demanding regions, provide emergency back-up power for substation auxiliaries, and offer future integration for intermittent renewable energy sources." Due to the growth in renewable energy sources like wind and solar and the need to modernize electric utility grids, the energy storage market is expected to grow to approximately $2.5 billion globally by 2015*. With expertise developed over the last few years, Ener1 hopes to work with utility partners and contractors in countries like the U.S., Japan, Germany, Russia, India and Brazil to deliver the right energy storage system -- including distributed, community or bulk energy storage solutions -- to address their power needs. "We've been collaborating with Ener1 to develop lithium-ion-based energy storage solutions for Russia's Unified National Power Grid to help improve the reliability of power delivery to our customers," stated Oleg Bragin, general director, Mobile GTES. "At the Forum, we plan to demonstrate just how far we've come in such a short time in developing the distributed energy storage systems we're installing this fall in St. Petersburg and Sochi." As part of the St. Petersburg event, the FGC is also sponsoring an invitation-only roundtable entitled "Smart Grids: Projects of the Future," which is designed to educate and encourage debate around issues critical to wide-spread smart grid deployment around the world. Ener1 Chairman and CEO Charles Gassenheimer will be one of the industry experts providing perspectives on the future direction of lithium-ion-based bulk energy storage solutions for smarter electric grids. The roster of six speakers includes from the U.S.:
- George Arnold , national coordinator for smart grid interoperability, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
- Terry Boston , president and chief executive officer, PJM Interconnection