Community Energy Storage

Power utility Israel Electric Corporation (IEC) partnered with energy storage solutions provider GenCell to improve its customer services.The state-owned IEC will install the solutions providers’ energy storage system ‘GenCell G5’ to provide the company’s data centres, substations and telecommunications and radio networks with power during electric outbreaks.

The energy storage solution will enable the utility firm to power its computer systems and to communicate with its customers during power breaks.

The decision by the IEC to use the GenCell energy storage solution follows its trial under a 15-month pilot.

The Israel-based solutions provider (GenCell) claims that its solution helps utility firms reduce their carbon footprint as it does not emit any carbon. [France and Germany partner on energy storage pilot]

The 5KW energy storage system is remotely operated from a utility’s network management centre for remote on and off switching.

Energy projects funding

The news follows an announcement made in mid-October by the US Department of Energy (DoE) and Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources that they will provide $4 million in clean energy funding.

The $4 million smart energy funding will be awarded to five clean energy projects in Israel and the US, under the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy project.

BIRD is a programme that was developed in 2009 to improve research, development and implementation of clean energy solutions including energy efficiency, renewable energy and grid cyber security technologies in Israel and the US.

The BIRD programme falls under the US-Israel Energy Dialogue and aims to help the two countries meet national, regional and international carbon emission reduction targets.

The programme brings together research institutions and companies from both countries to develop smart grid technologies to ensure Israel and the US have stable grid networks.

Recipients of the earmarked funds include Solview Systems (Israel) and Yarotek PR (Florida), who are jointly developing a solar analytics technology for industrial and commercial markets to increase and simplify the adoption of solar energy technologies.