KCP&L, MRIGlobal, and Exergonix Inc. are trialling a new smart grid energy storage technology in Kansas City.
The new technology is a nano-battery cell developed by Exergonix, a Lee’s Summit-based firm. The one-megawatt battery is in its first live smart grid test and was installed this summer at the KCP&L SmartGrid Innovation Park near 48th Street and Troost Avenue. The battery will support KCP&L’s SmartGrid Demonstration Area, which encompasses the MRIGlobal facilities in Kansas City.
With the installation, KCP&L is testing the battery system’s effectiveness for managing energy on the electric grid. The battery stores solar energy produced in the Demonstration Area, and is used to support energy delivery during peak demand times of the day.
Exergonix uses a patented lithium ion storage system, which integrates a higher energy density battery and advanced electronic controls.
MRIGlobal supports the trial by conducting independent tests and analysis on the performance of the battery. MRIGlobal experts will examine environmental and economic performance, as well as the technical operations, durability, and reliability of the system.