Remote Alaskan Microgrid Will Use Battery Storage for Seasonal Salmon Surges

By [email protected] Energy storage has been used to serve multifarious grid needs, but salmon-induced demand mitigation may be a new one.

The remote town of Cordova, Alaska, located on the coast between Anchorage and Juneau, inaugurated its first utility-scale lithium-ion system last week to manage the peaks when the seasonal salmon catch comes in and needs to be processed.

Local power provider Cordova Electric Cooperative runs the town’s isolated grid, powered by 7.25 megawatts of run-of-river hydropower supplemented by diesel generation, according to a detailed blog post by CEO Clay Koplin, who also serves as mayor.

The diesel represented a pain point for

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