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Kokam to build 36 MW energy storage system for KEPCO in South Korea

Korea Electric Power Corporation (KEPCO) has awarded battery solutions provider Kokam a contract to develop a 36 MW (13 MWh) energy storage system (ESS) for frequency regulation at the Non-Gong substation in South Korea.

The project features a combination of two unique Kokam lithium ion battery technologies – the Ultra High Power Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) battery technology, and its NANO battery technology. Work on the project began in June, and is scheduled to be completed by December.

In March, Kokam deployed for KEPCO two Ultra High Power NMC ESSs – a 24 MW (9 MWh) system and a 16 MW (6 MWh) system – along with a 16 MW (5 MWh) lithium titanate oxide (LTO) system. Together these systems currently provide KEPCO with 56 MW of energy storage capacity for frequency regulation.

When the new 36 MW ESS project is completed, Kokam will have deployed 92 MW of energy storage capacity for frequency regulation for KEPCO, South Korea’s largest utility, and the total worldwide capacity of ESSs using Kokam batteries will total 132 MW.

‘We look forward to deploying this new 36 MW ESS for KEPCO, and continuing to support its effort to install 500 MW of energy storage capacity for frequency regulation by the end of 2017,’ says Ike Hong, Vice President of Kokam’s Power Solutions Division.

Hong continues: ‘Based on our advanced Ultra High Power NMC and NANO battery technologies, this ESS will provide KEPCO with the industry-leading performance, reliability and cycle life characteristics that they have come to expect from Kokam, enabling them to achieve a strong return on their energy storage investment.’

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