LOS ANGELES, Oct. 20 (Xinhua) -- Using integrated "smart grid" technologies, a lithium-ion battery bank for storing wind-generated electricity will be established in Southern California, it was announced on Wednesday.
A 25-million-dollar grant has been earmarked for developing the battery bank, said the Southern California Edison (SCE), a public utility.
The grant, made by the Department of Energy, is one of 32 stimulus grants awarded last year to demonstrate integrated "smart grid" technologies as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
"We are pleased to receive this significant financial assistance to study ways to make wind-generated energy more effective for electricity customers," said Jim Kelly, SCE's senior vice president of transmission and distribution.
The goal is to more efficiently feed the electricity coming from the Tehachapi-area wind turbines into the regional electrical grid.
The federal funding matches 29.9 million dollars provided by SCE and its partners for the project, including a one-million grant from the California Energy Commission.
Batteries and other energy storage solutions could support the regional electrical grid by lessening the effects of unpredictable wind patterns on energy production, according to the SCE.
The focus of the project, which also includes battery maker A123 Systems and the California Independent System Operator Corp., will be at an SCE substation that serves the Tehachapi area, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Los Angeles. The area is ideal because of intermittent wind generation, according to the SCE.
The battery system will be installed in early 2012, with testing continuing through 2014.
Quanta Technology and California State Polytechnic University in Pomona near Los Angeles will provide engineering support and measurement and reporting services.