The Water-​​Energy Nexus: How Batteries Can Make the Water System More Grid-​​Friendly — Advanced Microgrid Solutions

By Jeff St. John
September 30, 2016

Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions is using Tesla bat­ter­ies to turn Irvine’s water treat­ment plants and pumps into energy assets.

Water and energy are inex­tri­ca­bly linked, par­tic­u­larly in Cal­i­for­nia. The state uses about 20 per­cent of its elec­tric­ity to oper­ate its aque­ducts, irri­gate its farms, and treat and deliver water to mil­lions of residents.

Adding flex­i­bil­ity to that energy use could, in turn, help the power grid deal with its own emerg­ing needs — to man­age the influx of solar and wind power, and make up for the clos­ing of nuclear and natural-​​gas-​​fired power plants.

That’s the idea behind a 7-​​megawatt, 34-​​megawatt-​​hour energy stor­age project announced this week by Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions and the Irvine Ranch Water Dis­trict (IRWD). The two will install Tesla’s lithium-​​ion bat­ter­ies at 11 dif­fer­ent sites across the Orange County region, and use them to reduce their draw on the grid when util­ity South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edi­son needs the help.

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