DALLAS and YVERDON-LES-BAINS, Switzerland, 4th February 2020 – Leclanché SA (SIX: LECN), one of the world’s leading energy storage companies, was called on to join a panel of energy experts at last week’s 20th annual Caribbean Energy Conference run by S&P Global Platts.
Bryan Urban, executive vice president, Leclanché, who heads up the company’s Stationary Solutions business, participated in a panel, called “Renewable Energy Project Development – Expanding the Scope of Green Energy,” moderated by Thorsten Dradach, head of Power Americas, MAN Energy Solutions. Held in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico, the conference provided attendees with the latest developments in energy investment, infrastructure and policies in the region.
In his presentation, Urban focused on of-the-moment advances in utilizing renewable energy and cutting-edge storage solutions in island-based microgrid environments.
“Coupling renewable energy sources such as wind and solar with battery storage provides many obvious benefits to local utilities and customers,” said Bryan Urban, executive vice president, Leclanché. “With the constant fluctuation associated with these renewable resources, battery energy storage becomes essential to stabilize the grid, provide resiliency and levelized peaks in generation. If done right, energy storage can transform intermittent renewables into valuable base load power which the utilities can dispatch and control.”
“Sophisticated integration of new and existing generation with battery storage systems, such as in the Caribbean’s largest such system we’ve just designed for St. Kitts, allow utilities to optimize the complete generation mix, saving both money and the environment. Battery systems can also be installed to operate as spinning reserve on a 24/7 basis, as they react quicker and more accurately to load fluctuation than existing spinning reserve capacity,” said Urban.
Leclanché’s Stationary Solutions group has completed more than 100 MWh of modular, scalable and cost-effective projects worldwide. It has accumulated a great deal of marketplace expertise in implementing projects for governments, utilities and large corporations for projects spanning microgrids, grid stabilization, frequency regulation, renewables storage, C&I and energy management systems.
Other speakers on the panel included Gregg Anderson, executive director, Energy & Utilities, OfReg; Robert Blenker, president and CEO, WRB Energy; Pip Decker, senior vice president, BMR Energy; Benigno Trueba, Consorcio Azucarero de Empresas Industriales; Megan Reilly Cayten, senior advisor, Javelin Capital.