Parker Power Conversion Technology Now Operating in Two Large Scale Energy Storage Projects in Europe
Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, recently announced that its power conversion technology is now operating at two large scale energy storage projects in Europe. The power conversion inverters are designed to convert the electric current used on the power grid to a form that can be stored in batteries. Parker was selected as the inverter supplier to two 10 Megawatt AES Advancion installations; the AES Kilroot Advancion® Energy Storage Array in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland and the AES Netherlands Advancion® Energy Storage Array in Vlissingen, The Netherlands. By enabling the integration of renewable energy and improved control of the energy supply to match demand, the AES energy storage arrays will help to improve grid stability and lower energy costs for consumers in Northern Ireland and The Netherlands.
“Parker has a major presence and extensive experience in the renewable energy and power generation market in all regions,” said Jim Hoelscher, General Manager of Parker’s Energy Grid Tie Division. “We understand the needs of all partners, from battery suppliers and system integrators to independent power producers and utilities, and we know what it takes to ensure smooth commissioning, reliable operation and maximized uptime.”Parker has delivered power conversion equipment for energy storage projects spanning North America, Europe, Latin America and the Asia Pacific regions, bringing its cumulative worldwide deployment to over 225 megawatts of energy storage as a more efficient way to deliver grid scale energy. Parker is able to offer a superior energy storage product by leveraging cutting-edge control, advanced cooling technologies, as well as applied engineering, commissioning and expertise at the system level.
Many countries are investing in renewable energy, which plays an increasingly significant role in the global power supply. Energy storage has become a key factor in helping countries manage grid stability as renewable energy sources continue to be integrated into the grid, as well as peak demand, limiting the need to build dedicated peaking power plants, providing significant financial benefits and minimizing CO2 emissions. The energy storage market has entered a new growth phase and Navigant Research projects that more than 11 Gigawatts of energy storage capacity will be installed annually by 2020 in 22 countries.