Battery Energy Storage: Enel X is making New York City more energy efficient
Thanks to the partnership between Enel X and the real estate firm Related Companies, the Big Apple’s largest energy storage system is installed at the Gateway Center in Brooklyn.
Published on Thursday, 12 December 2019
Enel X is synonymous with technological innovation. There was only one answer when Related Companies, the US real estate firm that operates worldwide, turned to us with a new challenge: to develop the largest battery energy storage system in New York City. The system in question is a “front-of-meter” lithium ion battery solution with a capacity of 4.8 MW /16.4 MWh installed at the Gateway Center in Brooklyn. The goal is to support the local New York grid operator Con Edison during peaks in demand, thereby contributing to maintaining reliable service.
“New York is a complex, densely-populated market in continuous growth, which requires innovative technologies to address evolving energy challenges. Storage systems, like this one, are among the critical tools that can help take on these challenges, by increasing energy systems’ flexibility and stability”, said Francesco Venturini, CEO of Enel X. “Enel X works with customers and partners to offer solutions tailored to their specific needs with the aim to generate value for customers, while also benefiting the grid.”
The energy company Con Edison chose Enel X through the Brooklyn-Queens Neighborhood Program. This program supports consumers in a journey of energy awareness, helping them not only to optimise consumption but also to learn how to consume more effectively with sustainable solutions, for example, like energy storage with battery systems. In particular, the project developed at the Gateway Center has enabled Con Edison to avoid carrying out costly modernisation work on the existing infrastructure, opting instead for the installation of a storage system connected directly to the local electricity network.
The agreement with Related Companies includes a leasing contract, which substantially simplifies this type of sustainability-oriented real estate project. A virtuous partnership that can be used as a model for other commercial real estate projects in the State of New York, where real estate companies are becoming essential stakeholders.
“Sustainable solutions that support growing energy demands in large urban markets like New York City, while benefiting local communities are more important than ever before,” said Luke Falk, Vice President of Related Companies. “We have been an innovator in sustainable building practices for decades and investing in sustainability in East New York for over 15 years, having opened the LEED 2 Silver-certified Gateway Center in 2002 and integrating large solar installations in the neighborhood. We saw the opportunity for a storage facility onsite and are gratified to have partnered with Enel X to bring a clean energy solution that will improve energy reliability in the community.”
In 2018, the Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, announced an important national goal: to implement 3,000 MW of stored energy by 2030 in order to create a cleaner, more flexible and reliable energy grid. Enel X has 16 active energy storage projects in New York City, including the solar micro-grid with an integrated storage system in the Marcus Garvey Apartments in Brooklyn, which provides storage and demand response services to various properties in the luxury real estate sector.
So far the Gateway Center project has provided the local electricity grid with more than 100 MWh of electricity from the storage system, offering support during periods of higher energy demand. The system also has a green dimension in that it helps to reduce emissions by limiting the demand for electric energy generated by coal-fired power stations during peaks in demand. The lithium ion battery system is also designed to satisfy the rigorous security criteria stipulated by the New York City Fire Department, as well as the very highest quality standards. As with all energy storage projects developed by Enel X, those at the Gateway Center in Brooklyn also uses our Distributed Energy Resources (DER)optimisation software, which offers exclusive functionalities to maximise potential earnings through a variety of options.
Thanks to the technological innovation of Enel X storage systems, the city that never sleeps can rest assured that it won’t run short of energy.