GE launches grid-scale energy storage platform

March 08, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
GE has launched an energy storage platform that delivers a suite of customized battery storage systems for distributed power grids.

The Reservoir platform uses technology from GE’s Global Research Centre (GRC) combining plant controls, power electronics, battery management systems and electrical balance of plant for AC or DC coupled systems. 

The 1.2 MW, 4 MWh Reservoir Storage Unit is the fundamental building block of Reservoir that integrates GE’s Battery Blade design that actively balances the safety, life, and production of each battery Blade, extending battery life by up to 15% and reducing fault currents by up to 5X. It also uses Predix and Edge controls technologies to provide data-driven insights that help energy operators enhance their systems through the Internet of Things (IoT). 

The modular system has multiple installation and cabling options including pad or pier and is designed to minimize operation and maintenance (O&M) expenses over the life of the project with an all-weather design and high-efficiency cooling system. It is factory built and tested to reduce project installation time and costs.

“At the GRC, we were able to originate a new idea and then pull from technologies across the Center to rapidly prototype, test and then productize this breakout storage platform,” said Keith Longtin, Senior Executive and Product Breakout Leader at GE Global Research. “The Reservoir pulls in digital twins, Edge controls and extensive systems expertise through Global Research that you only will find in this platform.”

GE already has a 20 MW, 80 MWh commitments for the system before the launch.

“The energy landscape is undergoing an unprecedented paradigm shift, as the growth of renewables, decentralization of power and digitization create both new challenges and opportunities in how power is generated, transmitted and distributed,” said Russell Stokes, President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Power. “GE’s Reservoir delivers the new type of energy system that customers are looking for to help manage electricity’s next chapter.”

Eric Gebhardt, Vice President and Strategic Technology Officer of GE Power, said, “GE’s Reservoir platform enables cost-effective distribution, storage, and utilization of cleaner, more reliable power where


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