Milwaukee, Wisc. July 30, 2012 — ZBB Energy Corp. and its construction partner, City Cottage Group, successfully installed and commissioned a 500 kWh energy storage system and advanced power electronics for use in a microgrid application at the Illinois Institute of Technology Campus in Chicago using ZBB EnerStore advanced energy storage technology and ZBB EnerSection inverter modules.
Funded by IIT and the Department of Energy, the Perfect Power microgrid system at IIT will reduce the time and money lost to power outages and will meet IIT's growing, specialized energy needs. In addition, it can be operated as a stand-alone power system in the case of grid contingencies.
The ZBB EnerSystem has been integrated into the ITT microgrid prototype to provide critical system backup, load-shifting, peak load reduction, and improved integration of distributed renewables.
ZBB's EnerStore battery modules will also be used to offset the addition of new electric vehicle charging stations by storing off-peak power for use during day-time peak charging periods.
ZBB EnerStore flow batteries were selected for the energy storage component because they are constructed from environmentally friendly materials that provide for long service life and advanced performance when compared with traditional chemical batteries.
The Illinois Institute of Technology in collaboration with Exelon, the Galvin Electricity Initiative, and other key partners have been working to develop, demonstrate, promote and commercialize a system and supporting technologies that achieve Perfect Power at the main campus of IIT.