Lockheed Martin, Cypress Creek Renewables win prestigious energy storage award

Published on November 15, 2018 by Dave Kovaleski

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Lockheed Martin and Cypress Creek Renewables won an award for leadership in energy storage and having a positive impact on the energy storage industry,

The two companies were the recipients of the prestigious Energy Storage North America (ESNA) 2018 Innovation Award for the creation of Lockheed’s GridStar Lithium Energy Storage System for 12 solar-plus-storage projects.

The system is custom-designed to provide clean electricity to communities served by Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) in southeastern North Carolina. The GridStar energy storage systems store power from the solar installations and discharge it when needed most, ensuring energy delivery to Brunswick EMC during its peak periods.

These are the first set of battery storage projects developed by Cypress Creek, which acquired the projects from United Renewable Energy, the initial developer of the projects. The GridStar systems are compact, easy to install, and scalable for 100 kW to multi-MW projects.

“We are thrilled to have our first set of battery storage projects recognized with this award,” Brian Knowles, director of energy storage at Cypress Creek Renewables, said. “Projects like these provide real value to our utility customers by delivering energy exactly when it’s needed.”

Energy Storage North America awarded its 2018 Innovation Awards during a reception at the Pasadena Convention Center on Nov. 7. The Lockheed Martin – Cypress Creek Renewables project was named a winner in the “Front-of-the-Meter” category by ESNA.

“It’s an honor to receive this Innovation Award from ESNA,” Roger Flanagan, director for Lockheed Martin Energy, said. “We are committed to evolving energy storage by developing new technologies to optimize renewable energy use, manage localized power demand, and improve reliability of the electric grid for generations to come. Innovation is a part of our everyday process.”