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Convergent Energy BESS developed in Ontario enters operations

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Convergent Energy, a top leader in battery energy storage system (BESS) solutions, announced this Tuesday that the industrial-scale BESS it developed for NSG Group in Ontario is now operational.

The solution operates at NSG Group’s Pilkington plant in Collingwood, Ontario. It has a 5 MW / 10 MWh capacity, and the first within NSG Group. It bolsters Convergent’s reputation as the largest owner and operator of energy storage assets in Ontario.

According to the company’s statement, the system leverages Convergent’s PEAK IQ proprietary software solution; it reduces the facility’s electricity usage during the costliest, carbon-intensive grid peaks.

Convergent developed the system during the 2020-21 winter season, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The intent of the BESS was to help the Pilkington site to achieve savings of ~$450,000 / MW during the 2021 summer. To allow that, Convergent construction teams adhered to particularly strict safety regulations.

The company also coordinated with local partners; did so to ensure pandemic-related travel restrictions did not slow down construction while navigating extensive supply chain disruptions.

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Convergent Energy, most dependable BESS developer in North America

On the other hand, NSG Group’s battery storage system interconnects with the EPCOR electricity distribution system. It utilizes SMA inverters and Samsung SDI batteries supplied by IHI Terrasun Solutions.

Moreover, the system aligns with NSG Group’s commitment to reduce its carbon footprint. As the use of a BESS is more sustainable and helps to reduce costs; also, increases flexibility, and benefits the grid at large.

John Wilgar, NSG’s Group Head of Procurement, said about the project. “We value Convergent Energy + Power’s expertise from system design to dispatch, bringing the battery storage system online as quickly and safely as possible during the pandemic.”

Finally, Johannes Rittershausen, Convergent’s CEO, said. “Convergent Energy + Power continues to build a track record of successful, operating energy storage assets in Ontario and across North America. For this particular project, I’m proud to say our team navigated a global pandemic, and additional safety regulations, to bring the battery system online as safely and quickly as possible to achieve success.”

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