Burns & McDonnell has completed construction of three 10-MW/20-MWh lithium-ion battery energy storage systems in West Texas. The three project sites were constructed, commissioned and put into operation in just five months, delivering the project on schedule amid a volatile supply chain and logistics market.
The batteries are designed as stand-alone energy resources to provide support for the Texas power grid as it experiences fluctuations in supply and demand.
“Having an integrated EPC team allowed for a smooth transition between each phase of the project,” says Josh Tucker, project manager at Burns & McDonnell. “It also allowed us to pivot and work with our construction team to modify schedule, re-sequence tasks and properly hand over the system between construction and commissioning to see that the project was brought online and generating revenue by the promised completion date.”
From the onset of the project Burns & McDonnell worked closely with the battery provider, LG Energy Solution, to coordinate design, as well as delivery of equipment and materials to the site throughout construction and commissioning. Burns & McDonnell integrated the system components with Emerson’s Ovation automation technology enabling reliable, secure and robust asset monitoring and control. As an open-source platform, Ovation software increases visibility into battery operations and simplifies system management, allowing the storage system owner/operator to view, optimize and modify the controls even years after commissioning if system requirements change.