Burns & McDonnell completes three energy storage projects in Texas

Burns & McDonnell

Burns & McDonnell, the cluster of companies delivering engineering, construction, and technology solutions to the energy industry, announced this Monday it completed the construction of three energy storage projects in Texas.

Firstly, the projects were three battery energy storage systems (BESS) in West Texas, with a total of 10-MW/20-MWh lithium-ion energy capacity. According to the statement, the company constructed, commissioned, and put into operation the three projects in just five months.

Moreover, the Engineering, Procurement, and Construction team overcame many challenges, including an unseasonably rainy summer in West Texas; impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, and congestion at maritime ports and customs. As a result, and to maintain the schedule, the team worked weekends and closely communicated with suppliers and logistics partners to deliver the project on time.

Furthermore, the projects feature lithium-ion batteries, as outlined above. The batteries also feature a design that enables support for the Texas power grid when experiencing fluctuations due to renewable energy intermittency.

Also recommended for you: Verizon signs four PPAs with Leeward Renewables totaling 640MW. Click here to read.

Burns & McDonell faced several challenges

In fact, Burns & McDonnell worked closely with the battery provider, LG Energy Solution, to coordinate design; as well as delivery of equipment and materials to the site throughout construction and commissioning.

Furthermore, Burns & McDonnell integrated the system components with Emerson’s Ovation automation technology; which enabled reliable, secure, and robust asset monitoring and control. As an open-source platform, Ovation software increases visibility into battery operations and simplifies system management.

Josh Tucker, project manager at the company, commented. “Having an integrated EPC team allowed for a smooth transition between each phase of the project. It also allowed us to pivot and work with our construction team to modify schedule; re-sequence tasks and properly hand over the system between construction and commissioning to see that the project was brought online and generating revenue by the promised completion date.”

Finally, Matt Domeier, director of EPC storage at Burns & McDonnell, said. “I’m excited about what we accomplished with LG Energy Solution (…) The battery storage units will provide reliable and resilient energy to West Texas.”

Related posts

DOE invests $27M in battery storage technology and storage access


Rye Development starts hydropower storage project in Kentucky


A Boost for Clean Transportation: $51M Investment in America’s EV Charging Network