September 28, 2022

FlexGen launches a modular C&I battery – pv magazine International

FlexGen, a US-based storage system integrator, has launched a new modular battery solution for the commercial and industrial market. The FlexPod energy storage system combines lithium iron phosphate batteries, a power conversion system and an HVAC system in a single container solution, with a range of configurations.

FlexGen, an American battery energy storage system integrator, has launched a new suite of products for distributed and behind-the-meter applications. FlexPod Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) products are fully containerized, modular, scalable, and available in a range of sizes to fit every project.

All of FlexGen’s FlexPods include lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, power conversion electronics, thermal management and fire suppression in a single container solution. Each FlexPod is enabled with the company’s proprietary power management software, HybridOS, which is said to enable advanced functionality, ease of operation and adaptability over time.

The BESS FlexPod is available in 920 kW, 1,200 kW, and 1,500 kW power configurations, with battery capacity of 920 kWh, 1.2 MWh, or 1.5 MWh in 20-foot containers. The nominal DC capacity is 920 kWh, 1200 kWh or 1500 kWh.

The auxiliary consumption of 1C charge/discharge systems is 20 kW, 21 kW and 22 kW. With UL9540 pending, the FlexPods would operate safely in a wide temperature range of -30 C to 45 C and altitudes below 2000 meters.

The company said the benefits of its FlexPods include advanced power quality management capabilities, “out-of-the-box” integration with solar power, advanced microgrid functionality, black start and integration with electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Earlier this year, FlexGen launched a electric vehicle charging solution which combined its energy management system platform and battery energy storage.

“Commercial and industrial businesses need scalable and flexible energy solutions more than ever. It’s a sector that is currently bearing the brunt of energy inflation and high fossil fuel costs,” said Kelcy Pegler, CEO of FlexGen. “We are committed to providing solutions that enable our customers to meet the full range of operational and business demands of today, while anticipating the needs of tomorrow.

The North Carolina-based company recently raised $100 million in a Series C funding round led by Rotterdam-based energy trader Vitol. In December 2021, the company was contracted to provide software and integration services for a massive deployment of 2.1 GWh battery storage by Ameresco at three sites in Southern California.

Since its inception in 2009, FlexGen has installed over 3 GWh of energy storage systems across the United States for utility, microgrid and C&I customers.

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