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NARADA SHOWS THE ABILITIES OF ENERGY STORAGE TECHNOLOGY ON THE ASIA CLEAN ENERGY SUMMIT

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On 7th to 9th November 2017, the 17th CMRA Annual Convention held in Ningbo, the wholly owned subsidiary of Narada — Anhui Huabo Renewable Resources Technology Co., Ltd received the award of Advanced Enterprises of China Secondary Metals Industry, only six enterprises in China received this award.

Huabo Technology is the only enterprise received this award of secondary lead industry in China, it is proved that the leading position of Narada.

Narada will build the comprehensive utilization platform for the recovery of lithium batteries, lead-acid batteries and other nonferrous metals. And promote the sustainable development of industry by build the industrial chain of power, energy storage, telecom and recycling in the future.

Hand in hand with Alibaba, Narada porwer continues to set future directions of data center power conservation

Hand in hand with Alibaba, Narada porwer continues to set future directions of data center power conservation

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Recently, Narada has become the winning bidder and main rechargeable batteries supplier for one of Alibaba’s cloud computing data centers, Athub HB33 and one of GDS’s cloud computing data centers. This marks the full customer recognition and acceptance of Narada’s back-up power supply products in data center related application fields and will hopefully become the important driver of Narada’s back-up power supply business growth in upcoming future.

With the rapid development of Internet and data related business, the demand for data storage and big data has seen a substantial growth. China’s leading Internet companies such as the “BAT” are making consistent investment in the construction of data centers, pushing related coverage and usage to a new level thus creating greater market potential. As one of the most important necessities for data centers, back-up rechargeable batteries will have a predictable growth in demand.

To accommodate the modular needs of future data computer sites, specific batteries’ development should be focusing on higher capacity, longer life, narrower size and better in modularization.

With its independent and leading data center related back-up power technologies, abundant practical accumulation, Narada continues to launch several series of complete industrial solutions such as high capacity batteries for IDC, aligning with the needs of customers from different fields, covering the whole service process including data center batteries design, hardware equipment and project integration.

Narada’s products and services have been successfully employed in large projects like Alibaba’s Qiandao Lake data center, China telecom’s cloud computing center in inner Mongolia, and GDS’s cloud computing data center etc, helping customers to achieve goals of lower power consumptions and higher economic benefits.

Relying on Alibaba cloud as its platform, Alibaba is committed to provide safe and dependable computing and data processing power through methods of online public services, thus making data computing and AI truly beneficial for everyone.

Narada and Alibaba are joining hands in data center business this time. With the advanced IDC back-up battery technology, Narada will help Alibaba in constructing its new generation data centers that are excellent in performance and industrial leading, pushing the realization process of the infinite potential provided by cloud computing and big data, helping the further development of the Internet economy, making Alibaba the paragon Internet platform provider in China.

Narada and Alibaba will advance and deepen their cooperation in different fields like data center business, new energy storage and automotive power in the upcoming future, consistently powering the global development of new energy industry.

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Micro-grids: Powering Asia’s growth story

Micro-grids: Powering Asia’s growth story

Erratic power supply has often caused Asia’s economic growth to hit speed bumps. Find out how A*STAR, through Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) and Experimental Power Grid Center (EPGC) – the region’s largest experimental power grid center – can help companies develop next-generation micro-grid technologies.

Micro Grid

On July 2012, 670 million people were left in the dark when three of India’s five power grids collapsed. The source of the outage, the world’s largest to-date, was quickly identified – inadequate energy supplies across the grid forced several states to draw excess electricity to meet demand.

South Asia has one of the highest number of power outages per year. However, energy shortages exist elsewhere. Seven in 10 people in Myanmar and Cambodia still live without electricity . This presents a challenge and opportunity for companies looking at entering the energy market in Asia, where rapid economic growth drives insatiable energy consumption.

 

Micro-grids bridge power gap

inexhaustible source of energy

As a clean, virtually inexhaustible source of energy, solar energy has been touted as a possible solution for Asia.

Despite its potential, solar energy still remains an intermittent energy source, which fluctuates during heavy cloud cover, rainfall, and disappears at night. Power grids need a stable balance between electricity generation and load demand – an overload or under-supply of energy can threaten grid stability, deteriorate power quality and cause power outages.

Micro-grids can help to bridge this gap in grid stability and resilience. They could be independent island grids that supply power to off-takers from both renewable and conventional (e.g. diesel) energy sources. They can export power to the main grid when there is energy surplus. In times of main grid failure, they can also separate themselves from the main grid to maintain stable power supply.

Micro-grids can also power remote islands that were previously geographically impossible – or too expensive – to link with a main grid. This positions micro-grids as the ideal solution to power up countries that need stable utility-quality electricity to keep up with their fast-paced economic development.

 

Testing micro-grid solutions in real-time

WEnergy Global, a Singapore-based SME in the renewable energy sector, saw the opportunity of developing a micro-grid to power up the Sabang Underground River Area – a prominent tourist destination in the Philippines’ Palawan Island.

The area is isolated from the main grid in Palawan, which is fully powered by heavy-diesel generators. WEnergy Global is about to commence construction of a hybrid micro-grid worth approximately US$9 million . It has a capacity of 1.4 megawatt-peak (MWp) generated from solar PV power, a 1.2 MW diesel generators, as well as a battery storage system of 2.3 MWh .

In 2013, WEnergy Global partnered with A*STAR’s Experimental Power Grid Center (EPGC), which has strong expertise in micro-grid and intelligent power system design and development, to analyze and refine its micro-grid components and system design through simulations.

 

“The company also made use of EPGC’s facilities housed on Jurong Island -currently the largest experimental grid facility in this part of the world – to run simulations, analyze grid operations and test the limits of grid stability.”

 

Unlike smaller lab setups or simulations, the 1-megawatt (MW) experimental grid in EPGC is a fully functional power system, which enables companies to test their solutions and validate their expectations in a real-life environment. The facility also has emulators that can simulate wind or solar conditions in any part of the world, and replicate the behavior and performance of renewable energy sources.

WEnergy Global’s Chief Executive and Founder Mr. Atem R. Ramsundersingh said that EPGC not only had the right expertise in solar power and energy management, but was also willing to negotiate contract and payment terms to suit the compan’s budget and vision.

“This project wouldn’t have been possible from a price-and-profit perspective if I had bought the parts from big companies, which may not be aware of the off-grid challenges in rural Asia, including the interface between regulatory frameworks and deployment of new technologies. It would have been like buying a Rolls Royce when all I needed was an e-bicycle,” he said.

Meanwhile, WEnergy Global secured a second contract for a hybrid power plant on two Palawan islands that are worth USD 15 million. WEnergy Global has also developed a portfolio of such micro-grid and hybrid projects worth USD 250 million which will be executed in the coming years.

 

Test-bed for smart grid infrastructure

Other companies such as Narada Asia Pacific are working on developing smart grid solutions which can support new applications such as electric vehicle charging.

 

“This is not surprising, given that the global cumulative smart grid market is expected to surpass $400 billion worldwide by 2020. “

 

Southeast Asian countries are expected to invest $13.6 billion in smart grid infrastructure between 2014 and 2024.

Narada Asia Pacific approached A*STAR’s Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) in 2014, to explore how it could develop an integrated micro-grid system that combines solar photovoltaic energy generation with its REXC lead-carbon batteries. They eventually partnered on a joint-venture project, the Residential Photovoltaic Energy Storage System (PV ESS), together with the Singapore Housing Development Board & (HDB) and Singapore Power.

A complete micro-grid system was set up on the rooftops of selected HDB flats in Ang Mo Kio. Solar PV panels generated electricity for the flats, while Narada’s REXC lead-carbon battery served as a backup power source that supplied power and regulated electricity conversion and flow to the grid.

According to Narada’s director, Mr. Peter Ng, this joint-venture allowed the company to access I2R’s solutions in advanced energy data analytics, complex system modelling and optimization technologies. I2R also helped to bring in partners like HDB and Singapore Power, providing test-bedding opportunities in actual scenarios.

The project has since sparked business opportunities for Narada locally and regionally, and provided a deployable solution that can be replicated in other Asian countries where stable utility grids are crucial to economic growth.

 

Micro-grid: A game-changer for renewable energy

Micro Grids

With increased energy demand across the region and high environmental costs associated with fossil fuel usage, investing in micro-grid innovation is a viable route for companies to tap the vast potential of renewable energy.

Companies looking to harness the potential of micro-grids can approach EPGC or the recently launched A*STAR Industrial Smart Grid Consortium. Under the Consortium, companies can work bilaterally with A*STAR to leverage the technological capabilities of its research institutes to conduct research and development.

(Article credit : A*STAR)

Narada has entered the storage market for frequency regulation in Germany

Narada has entered the storage market for frequency regulation in Germany

Recently Narada has signed a contract of cooperation in energy storage with Upside Consulting GmbH (hereinafter referred to as UC) and Upside Invest GmbH & Co.,KG (hereinafter as UI) in order to build, operate and sell a storage system together for service of primary frequency regulation, ratified by transmission operators of German grid, with the initial capacity of 50MW.

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It is a mature market for electrical auxiliary service of frequency regulation in Germany with capacity over 3000MW, which can be expanded to 3000MW in entire Europe. The storage system with batteries is with both better social and economic benefits comparing conventional thermodynamic generator, thanks to its specialties of higher speed of response, lower expense and more environment-friendly. Therefore, the storage system with batteries, replying on its advantage in cost and technics, will become more and more popular in market of electrical auxiliary services in Europe.

The service of primary frequency regulation in Germany is weekly offered by bidding in competition, whose average annual revenue of Euro 3000/MW/week in last eight years, with obvious uptrend, consequently, it is getting more and more attractive to various financial investment institutions in Europe, such as investment funds, pension funds…etc.

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The signature ceremony of storage project

between Narada and Upside

Upside GmbH is a pioneer in market of primary frequency regulation with battery storage system, whose manager board mainly consists of professional staffs with over 15 years career in renewable energy industry, and quite rich experiences in operation of PV and storage stations. Upside GmbH is also involved in standards-setting for renewable and storage stations in Germany, with developed capacity over 290MW, including 2 station in operation in Brandenburg(1.3MW and 5MW), among which, the 5MW is considered as landmark project of renewable project in new Hardenberg region, financed by state department of economics and energy with 2.85 million Euro. So far, those two storage projects are both in normal operation, involved in frequency regulation service each week, with good working condition and stable revenue.

In following two years, Narada will cooperate with Upside GmbH in construction of storage station over 50MW, with total investment about 42 million Euro, by means of advanced battery technology as well as PCS system, which will be involved in PCR (primary control regulation) service market in Germany. This project will help Narada in deep understand and deep involvement in storage market of frequency regulation, so as to promote energy storage system throughout Germany and even the entire Europe.

Narada participate in the United Nations Lighting Project

Narada participate in the United Nations Lighting Project

As winner of UN Carbon Value Award for outstanding enterprises, Narada was invited to participate in the United Nations poverty alleviation project.

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Concerned about the basic electricity supply and security of people living in non-electric areas, Narada launched a solar photovoltaic + battery “village” lighting project, especially in the Latin America, Africa and other countries in remote areas. Narada have provided our own patented high-temperature battery HTB-313K series, which can effectively resist the external hot environment of Latin America, Africa and other regions. The battery can still maintain a high cycle performance in the environment of up to 40 degree celsius temperature, with 3 times long life of other batteries.

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The lighting project, with the total energy storage capacity of 18MWh, has been covering a number of less developed countries and regions. Combining the use of the local abundant solar energy resources and Narada’s high temperature battery, the overall green power supply model benefits a number of poor village tribes, as well as contributes to a substantial increase in the lives of thousands of residents.

Narada get financed again by ALABC in research program on lead-carbon battery

Narada get financed again by ALABC in research program on lead-carbon battery

On 18th Feb, The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) has signed a research program with Narada power on a project of frequency regulation with lead-carbon batteries. Those attenders for the ceremony of signature include: Dr. Boris Monahov (project chairman of ALABC), Dr. David Rand from CSRIO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Australia), Mr. Chen. Bo (CEO of Narada power), Dr. Wu. Xianzhang (Chief engineer of Narada power), and Dr. Herbert Giess (Chief scientist of Narada power).

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Dr. Herbert Giess is introducing the project progress to experts from ALABC

This is the second project concerning lead-carbon battery financed by ALABC, concentrating on the performance and internal mechanism of lead-carbon battery under scenarios of frequency regulation and load-tracking, by means of controlling strategy of SOC and management of charging and discharging, so as to improve its performance in energy storage application of power type.

Dr. Boris Monahov has fully affirmed the unremitting efforts made by Narada power to promote technology of lead-carbon battery in energy storage, and he said: this project is quite significant to explore the large storage market of frequency regulation, since it is still a blank part in characteristic research on batteries under such an operational condition.

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The signature ceremony of research agreement

by CEO Chen. Bo and Dr. Alistair Davidson

Dr. Boris Monahov from CSRIO, who is the inventor of lead-carbon battery (ultra-battery), said: the lead-carbon battery was initially developed for hybrid electrical vehicles, while later on Narada has successfully applied it in energy storage, via its self-dependent innovation. Now Narada has totally mastered the core technology in formulation of lead carbon as well as engineering of mass production.

At the end of meeting, CEO Chen. Bo of Narada has signed an agreement of research and development for two years with Dr. Alistair Davidson, who is the product director of ALABC. It can be expected that Narada will master the internal mechanism of lead-carbon battery for power-type, and conquer the bottleneck in storage application for frequency.

Strategic cooperation between Narada and China Construction Bank

Strategic cooperation between Narada and China Construction Bank

 

On 9th Jan 2017, Narada has signed a strategic cooperation agreement with China Construction Bank corporation (Zhejiang branch), about fund establishment for Narada storage projects, with purpose of their construction and operation. Since beginning of 2016, Narada has accelerated the commercialization on its storage projects by unique business model of investment + operation, with continuous new system solutions as well as expansion of target clients and market applications. So far, a lot of signed projects have been put into construction and operation.

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Signature ceremony for cooperation agreement

The fund will be directly invested into construction of storage projects, with initial amount of 5 billion RMB (about 727 million USD dollars). Meanwhile, the decision-making committee will be setup for procedure of investment: project approval, project execution, and capital exit, whose membership will be decided by every investor after joint-consultation. The prior investors will get cashing payment according to the yield rate. The expired project fund can exit by means of procurement, asset securitization or acquisition by listed companies.

The foundation could meet requirement of project construction for Narada in following two to three years, and would be helpful to accelerate market development and expansion in commercialization of storage projects. Narada shall be benefit from the foundation to bring more profit from business performance of future storage projects.

Narada Battery providing zero dollar power bills

Narada Battery providing ‘zero dollar’ power bills

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In April 2016, the McGarvies’ family, who live in the Eaglemont of East Melbourne, installed a total energy storage system with a capacity of 14.4 kWh for its own household PV system. All batteries were supplied with 12REXC lead-acid batteries of Narada.

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Michael McGarvie and his wife installed a carbon-gel

battery system at their home in east Melbourne

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As feed-in tariffs are phased out and grid electricity becomes more expensive in Australia, anyone who has a tool, a battery, just like the McGarvies’ REXC Battery energy storage system, knows that can allow them to store the surplus power during the day and use it at night, it means they’re going to get greater control than they already have over their power bill.

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After an energy-intensive winter(from June to August), he said his house has been completely self-sufficient so far October 2016, meaning he owed nothing to his electricity provider after fixed costs.

He expected his house would be powered completely by his solar and Narada battery systems for the remaining nine months of the year.

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Michael McGarvie’s Narada battery

packs at his home in Eaglemont.

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In addition to the batteries, the system also includes photovoltaic inverters and twenty-four PV modules, and the McGarvies’ paid a cost for the system, a cost he acknowledged maybe was beyond the budget of several households. But he was also confident of the future, and predicted: Within ten years of Narada batteries lifespan, with the progress of science and technology, photovoltaic energy storage system will enter into thousands of families; especially for those who have installed the on-grid system, they will be the best customer base for energy storage systems.

Narada won the 121.7MWh Datacenter Project of China Mobile

Narada won the 121.7MWh Datacenter Project of China Mobile

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Hangzhou, China, January, 2017 January 12th, Narada and Hangzhou Zhongheng Electric Co., Ltd successfully won the tender of Energy storage and equipment procurement for Data Center project of China Mobile. It marks that our company’s energy storage business model successfully opened the data center industry market, as well as opened up a potential and more robust application market. The project is implemented in the form of “investment + operation”, with a total capacity of 121.7 MWh.

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The project applies the “investment + operation” model of Energy Storage to the Datacenter, which achieves the

peak shaving application in the field of IDC.

 

As operating electricity costs accounted for 54% of the total cost of Data center (IDC), how to reduce electricity costs is the key to reducing IDC’s operating costs.

 

Based on the company’s leading and reliable lead-carbon battery technology, the system will transmit from the traditional data center room backup battery one-way consumption of electricity, to the electricity – the battery combined power supply + energy storage system.

 

In addition to providing equipment , The system also make the use of reserve capacity to participate in peaking, to provide electricity price management and electricity demand management, participation in demand side response.

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The successful bidder, marks highly recognization on Narada™s Lead Carbon Energy Storage System, breaks up the traditional marketing model of communications field, creates a precedent in domestic and international data center backup power supply mode – from the traditional single standby service mode to the “energy storage + standby” operating mode, achieves the  innovation both of technology and model.

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A Leader in Commercialization of Energy Storage Application

On August 30th, 2016, a large-scale Battery Energy Storage System (1st Phase: 1.5MW/12MWh) which was designed and constructed by Narada Power for a Chinese silicon industry company has successfully been put into service. It is the first commercialized Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) in China.

 

In this project, Narada has been acted as an EPC to provide overall design, procurement, construction and system integration service, and the project is finally put into service after 8 months construction and commissioning. Narada has also been engaged to provide a series of services including electricity consumption management, operation and maintenance afterwards. The completion of this project marked that Narada has the leading position in commercialization of energy storage power station, especially in Battery Energy Storage System (BESS).

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The 1st commercialized BESS in China. Designed and constructed by Narada Power
(1st Phase Completed: 1.5MW/12MWh)

The Energy Storage System (ESS) is one of the key technologies applies to Smart Grid, Distributed Generation, Renewable Energy Integration, Micro-grid, as well as development of Electric Vehicles. In large-scale renewable power generation, ESS is applied to peak-shaving to smooth the variable and intermittent power output; In the side of “behind-the-meter”, ESS can be used to improve reliability of electricity provision by shifting peak demand to off-peak period, which has changed the mode of traditional power system, and it has efficiently decreased the peak capacity of generators and increased the utilization of generators; In the side of Transmission and Distribution lines, ESS has largely improved the acceptance ability of renewables integration, and it has facilitated the renewables development and utilization intensively.

 

Being the leader in Energy Storage industry, Narada has made a quantum leap in Lithium Ion technology, Advanced Lead Carbon technology, BESS solution innovation and marketing development. Narada products and solutions have been widely applied to demonstration and commercialized projects in both domestic and oversea markets, and their reliability and economic feasibility have been fully verified.

 

By the end of 2016, Narada has already completed and contracted BESS for over 800MWh totally, and mainly applying to peak-shaving for enterprise application, frequency regulation for utility-scale, as well as renewable energy integration. Projects are deployed in many different markets, i.e. China, India, Canada, Singapore, Indonesia, Pakistan, etc.

 

Besides of the first commercialized BESS mentioned above, Narada is now working on the largest BESS for industrial park in China, with total 15MW/120MWh installation capacity, that helps to save around 32.4 million RMB annually in power consumption for the industrial park. On the other hand, Narada also provides storage system of frequency regulation for both solar farm in Canada and Indian national grid.

 

In the future, on the basis of continuous reduction of cost per kWh, Narada will keep carrying forward the novel business model “Investment + Operation” in BESS commercialization, and Narada will contribute to sustainable development of energy for the whole world by continuous innovation, technology improvement, platform construction for Energy Internet, and commercialization of smart energy.