Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California is retiring its diesel generators in favour of a solar microgrid with long-duration energy storage, in a bid to clean up its electricity supply while ensuring a reliable, uninterrupted flow of power.
The Children’s Hospital Resilient Grid with Energy Storage (CHARGES) project will feature a 34.4-megawatt-hour, long-duration storage system using zinc-bromine flow batteries supplied by Brisbane, Australia-based Redflow Ltd., Power Engineering reports. “The microgrid system is designed to safeguard critical hospital operations during utility outages, ensuring at least 18 hours of continued functionality following earthquakes or other natural disasters.”
The hospital is located in California’s Central Valley, where it “frequently faces extreme environmental challenges, including heatwaves, droughts, smog, and poor air quality,” the news story states. “California has a goal of installing 45 to 55 gigawatts of long-duration energy storage by 2045 to support grid reliability and clean energy adoption.”
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