Redflow was named as the battery provider for the project, which will form part of the DOE’s $325 million LDES program to advance critical clean energy technologies, expand the adoption of renewable energy resources, and strengthen U.S. energy security.
The Children’s Hospital Resilient Grid with Energy Storage (CHARGES) project will enable the Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera, California, to replace diesel generators with cleaner, more cost-effective resources at the hospital facility, and provide a roadmap for hospitals and critical infrastructure throughout the country to implement similar projects. Redflow will collaborate on the system with its project development partner, Faraday Microgrids. The project is being sponsored, and expected to be co-funded by, the California Energy Commission (CEC).
Valley Children’s Hospital in Madera is the only full-service pediatric facility in California’s Central Valley and regularly faces extreme heat conditions, drought, coastal smog, and poor air quality. The 34.4 MWh long-duration energy storage and solar microgrid will enable the hospital to better serve the region’s residents, even during power interruptions. This project also represents an important step toward meeting California’s goal of installing 45-55 GW of long-duration energy storage by 2045 to support grid reliability and the clean energy transition.
“Our batteries are ideally suited for daily use in the Central Valley’s extreme heat, and we’re proud to provide the resources the hospital needs to ensure safe, reliable operations,” said Tim Harris, Redflow CEO and managing director. “This combination of our technology leadership, Faraday’s trusted microgrid solutions, and the funding provided by the CEC and DOE all assist in transitioning communities to a cleaner, more energy-efficient future. We are delighted to see another project from our fast-growing pipeline of opportunities progress forward and ultimately support another community with renewable energy.”
The system is expected to maintain critical hospital operations during utility outages or shortages not attributable to earthquakes. In the event of obligatory natural gas or fuel cell shut-offs during seismic events, the systems will maintain facility operations for at least 18 hours after earthquakes.
In addition to Redflow batteries, the microgrid will be paired with other renewable energy resources to support decarbonization, result in cost savings for the hospital, provide resilient infrastructure for the hospital in case of natural disasters and power outages, and provide overall grid benefits.
“We’ve set strong performance goals for this installation,” said Faraday CEO, David Bliss. “Our team is looking forward to building upon our partnership with Redflow to deliver this and other projects, such as the 20 MWh battery and 5 MW solar microgrid for the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians. We’re confident in our partnership’s capabilities to successfully deliver large, resilient, dispatchable 24/7 clean energy microgrids to health care facilities, tribes and other large grid customers throughout California and the United States.”
Listen to more in-depth conversations on Solar Builder's YouTube channel
Our most popular series include:
Power Forward! | A collaboration with BayWa r.e. to discuss higher level industry topics.
The Buzz | Where we give our 2 cents per kWh on the residential solar market.
The Pitch | Discussions with solar manufacturers about their new technology and ideas.