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NSG Group Partners with Convergent Energy + Power on Battery Storage System

NSG Pilkington's Collingwood, Ontario plant now features an industrial-scale battery storage system, developed by Convergent Energy + Power.

Convergent Energy + Power, a provider of battery storage solutions in North America, announced that the industrial-scale battery storage system it developed for NSG Group's Pilkington laminated glass plant in Collingwood, Ontario, is operational. The 5 MW / 10 MWh battery energy storage system is the first within NSG Group. The system leverages Convergent's PEAK IQ proprietary software solution to reduce the facility's electricity usage during the costliest, carbon-intensive grid peaks.

The project was constructed during the 2020-21 winter season, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure Pilkington would be able to achieve projected savings of around $450,000 / MW during the 2021 summer, Convergent’s construction teams adhered to particularly strict safety regulations.

"Locally, this battery storage system is part of our commitment to support our community in Collingwood and the broader efforts in Ontario to create a more efficient, sustainable grid," says Ron Young, Collingwood's engineering group leader.

"We value Convergent Energy + Power's expertise from system design to dispatch, bringing the battery storage system online as quickly and safely as possible during the pandemic," says John Wilgar, NSG's Group head of procurement.

"NSG Group has been an excellent partner from start to finish and demonstrated a deep commitment to all of its stakeholders," says Johannes Rittershausen, Convergent's CEO. "Convergent Energy + Power continues to build a track record of successful, operating energy storage assets in Ontario and across North America. For this particular project, I'm proud to say our team navigated a global pandemic, and additional safety regulations, to bring the battery system online as safely and quickly as possible to achieve success."

The 5 MW / 10 MWh battery storage system is interconnected to the EPCOR electricity distribution system. The integrated storage solution utilizing SMA inverters and Samsung SDI batteries was supplied by IHI Terrasun Solutions. WSP's Power T&D team provided feasibility and detail engineering services. S&T Group performed site installation. Rodan Energy Solutions – Power Systems Group supported with system commissioning. Wesco Distribution Canada supplied S&C Electric Canada switching and power distribution equipment. Composite Power Group supplied transformers manufactured by Rex Power Magnetics and Northern Transformer.