According to industry sources, Samsung SDI is scheduled to supply energy storage system (ESS) battery modules in an ESS installation project in Kauai Island, Hawaii led by Kauai Island Utility Cooperative (KIUC) and AES Distributed Energy (DE), which is a subsidiary of AES Group.
The purpose of the project is to install ESSs with a capacity of 100 mWh in connection with 28 mW photovoltaic power generation. 100 mWh is, for example, the amount of electricity that can be used for at least 10 hours by all of the 17,000 or so households in the island.
Samsung SDI supplies approximately 13,000 battery modules in the project. The modules are characterized by maximizing ESS efficiency even during unstable supply of alternative energy such as solar power and wind power.
Earlier, in October last year, Samsung SDI signed a lithium-ion battery supply contract worth 10 mW for another ESS project in Hawaii led by Younicos and TerraForm Power. In February last year, the South Korean company supplied ESS batteries with a capacity of 240 mWh in a power grid construction project in California led by AES Energy Storage.
In the meantime, market research firm B3 recently said that Samsung SDI currently accounts for the largest portion of the global ESS market with a market share of 38%.