ESS Provides Long-Duration Energy Warehouse to Camp Pendleton Marine Corp. Training Facility Microgrid

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The U.S. Marine Corps recently announced a $1 million CleanSpark designed and built microgrid at its Camp Pendleton base near San Diego has gone live. And ESS, a provider of energy storage systems, announced this week it has deployed a long-duration energy warehouse battery system at the very same Marine Corps Base.

Long-Duration Energy Warehouse

ESS, a provider of long-duration energy storage systems recently deployed a long-duration Energy Warehouse system at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. (Image: ESS)

The U.S. Marine Corps recently began operating the CleanSpark microgrid at its Camp Pendleton base near San Diego. And an ESS 50 kW/400 kWh battery is now integrated into the microgrid with a CleanSpark microgrid controller.

It provides up to eight hours of storage in order to enable back-up capabilities for “critical loads,  operational energy cost savings through on-site generation with storage; and full islanding capabilities for resilience,” according to ESS, who is working to complete the project with the prime contractor, Bethel-Webcor JV.

“We are pleased to commission our second Energy Warehouse system in a military microgrid application,” said Craig Evans, founder and chief executive officer of ESS. “Camp Pendleton is the Marine Corps’ largest West Coast expeditionary training facility for Marine, Army and Navy units. The Camp will especially benefit from our battery’s solar-plus-storage capabilities, which enable the microgrid to store excess solar energy for later use during times of peak electricity demand.”

CleanSpark, which provides advanced energy software and technology for the project, also commented, noting, “We are proud to partner with ESS Inc. for the Camp Pendleton project, as it marks the first-ever deployment of a solar-plus-storage system utilizing an iron flow batter.

“The solution operates in off-grid mode by default so as to maximize efficiency, utilize solar over-generation and extend the overall life of the system. As a whole, we expect the microgrid will provide energy and cost-savings, as well as improved energy security, to Camp Pendleton for years to come.”

CleanSpark won the Camp Pendleton microgrid contract in 2017 as a sub-contractor to Bethel-Webcor JV, which is building a $70 million communication information system (CIS) operations complex at the base.

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