Underwater Energy Storage System to Be Tested at US Navy Facility

EC-OG, a company based in Scotland and focused on remote power generation and energy storage, has manufactured a li-ion battery energy storage system named Halo. Halo was recently paired with small-scale wave energy converters and installed underwater, off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii.

The installation trial, supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, tested the subsea storage system at the Navy Wave Energy Test facility. The test site is jointly managed by the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute, the Hawaii National Marine Renewable Energy Center, the Navy and the Department of Energy. The site has been in operation since 2004.

From the first quarter of this year, the battery energy storage system will be integrated into an Autonomous Offshore Power System (“AOPS”) trial designed to utilize wave energy equipment manufactured by Columbia Power Technologies, or C-Power. AOPS provides energy storage and power capabilities as well as real-time communications and data, which will enable offshore operations such as marine equipment, sensor systems and subsea vehicles to be run full-time.

C-Power CEO Reenst Lesemann stated that the combination of EC-OG’s energy storage system and C-Power’s SeaRay wave converters would convert the ocean into a data and power-rich environment for consumers looking to unleash a new wave of innovation in the ocean economy. (It should be noted that C-Power and CPower, a commercial and industrial energy management company, are two separate entities.)

In addition to this, Lesemann revealed that the energy storage system would be secured to and used to power an autonomous underwater vehicle manufactured by Saab in a six-month trial. In a release sent to the facility, EC-OG stated that the Halo technology was scalable and modular and could be integrated with other marine renewable energy systems at a low cost.

EC-OG was incorporated in 2013 with the objective of decarbonizing offshore operations. The company’s team has multidisciplinary expertise for the offshore gas and oil industry as well as the renewable energy industry. Partners of the subsea trial include Franatech, a manufacturer of underwater sensors, and Biosonics, a marine imaging and monitoring group.

In Scotland, a separate onshore trial has begun. It involves the pairing of tidal power generation and electrolyzers with vanadium redox flow batteries manufactured by Invinity Energy Systems, to produce green hydrogen. Invinity Energy Systems is an Anglo-American manufacturing company that uses its vanadium flow battery technology to manufacture utility-grade energy storage for grid-scale, microgrid, commercial and industrial business applications.

The future of battery energy storage systems looks bright as so many companies, including StorEn Technologies Inc., are engaged in developing different battery storage chemistries, especially for utility-scale operations.

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