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The Wind Energy Institute of Canada, an independent research and testing institute, has chosen S&C Electric Canada Ltd. for the supply of a battery energy storage system (BESS) to be installed at the institute's Wind R&D Park in Prince Edward Island.

The BESS will be composed of two primary components: a power conversion system supplied by S&C via its PureWave storage management system (SMS) and battery modules supplied by General Electric.

The PureWave SMS will convert the energy generated by wind turbines to direct current that charges the batteries and, when called upon, will reverse the flow to take the energy from the batteries and convert it into alternating current for use by utility Maritime Electric Co. Ltd. for sale to retail customers.

The institute says the project will help illustrate the benefits of using energy storage with wind power. The BESS will be delivered in September and is expected to be operational by the fall.

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