September 15, 2019

Energy

Duke Energy plans to use lithium-ion battery technology for power grids

Art Levy | 8/26/2019

Duke Energy Florida is planning to use the same lithium-ion battery technology that power most cell phones and laptops to supplement its power grid in parts of Florida and allow for quicker recovery from short-term power outages.

The St. Petersburg-based utility, which has about 1.8 million customers in Florida, plans to build battery stations throughout its service area to eventually store a combined 50 megawatts of power. Work on the first three stations, which will store a combined 22 megawatts by next year, is underway, including an 11-megawatt facility in Gilchrist County, about 30 miles west of Gainesville, a 5.5-megawatt facility about 40 miles southeast of Panama City in Gulf County and a 5.5-megawatt station in Jennings, near the Florida-Georgia border in Hamilton County.

 

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