The Water-Energy Nexus: How Batteries Can Make the Water System More Grid-Friendly — Advanced Microgrid Solutions

By Jeff St. John
September 30, 2016

Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions is using Tes­la bat­ter­ies to turn Irvine’s water treat­ment plants and pumps into ener­gy assets.

Water and ener­gy are inex­tri­ca­bly linked, par­tic­u­lar­ly in Cal­i­for­nia. The state uses about 20 per­cent of its elec­tric­i­ty to oper­ate its aque­ducts, irri­gate its farms, and treat and deliv­er water to mil­lions of residents.

Adding flex­i­bil­i­ty to that ener­gy use could, in turn, help the pow­er grid deal with its own emerg­ing needs — to man­age the influx of solar and wind pow­er, and make up for the clos­ing of nuclear and nat­ur­al-gas-fired pow­er plants.

That’s the idea behind a 7‑megawatt, 34-megawatt-hour ener­gy stor­age project announced this week by Advanced Micro­grid Solu­tions and the Irvine Ranch Water Dis­trict (IRWD). The two will install Tesla’s lithi­um-ion bat­ter­ies at 11 dif­fer­ent sites across the Orange Coun­ty region, and use them to reduce their draw on the grid when util­i­ty South­ern Cal­i­for­nia Edi­son needs the help.

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