SANTIAGO, Chile and ARLINGTON, Va. – December 6, 2012 – AES Gener and AES Energy Storage today announced the selection of Parker-Hannifin to supply advanced battery energy storage systems for their new Cochrane power station. The battery energy storage system will be supplied by Mitsubishi Corporation with the lithium ion battery module manufactured by GS Yuasa and the lithium ion battery cells by Lithium Energy Japan, a joint venture of Mitsubishi Corporation and GS Yuasa. The project is the companies’ third energy storage facility in Northern Chile, integrating 20MW of advanced battery-based energy storage with a 532MW thermal power plant. The project is owned by AES Gener, the second largest power generator in the country, and Mitsubishi Corporation.
“We are pleased to announce our relationship with Mitsubishi Corporation and GS Yuasa, leading suppliers of advanced batteries and to continue working with Parker, a leader in power conversion systems,” said Chris Shelton, President of AES Energy Storage. “These are strong partners among a robust global supply chain for energy storage.”
“We are very excited about this addition of the battery storage system to our Cochrane power station. We already have battery energy storage systems in our Angamos and Norgener power plants. It will be good for the supply of power in the northern grid, and also for the stability of the system,” said Felipe Cerón, CEO of AES Gener S.A.
The Cochrane facility being developed by AES Gener, will incorporate AES Energy Storage’s Advanced Reserves product including patented controls, a highly reliable modular system architecture, and industry leading operational support. The advanced lithium-ion battery modules for the project will be supplied by GS Yuasa, a world’s leading manufacturer of batteries, and the battery cells will be supplied by Lithium Energy Japan, a leading lithium ion battery manufacturer who supplies large capacity cells to Automotive and Industrial Application from its world’s first mass production plant. The Grid Services division of Parker-Hannifin will provide power conversion and system-level services. The battery energy storage systems in combination with the energy produced by the Cochrane generating station will provide responsive, reliable power in the Northern Grid.
“It is our great honor to cooperate with AES, a leader in grid storage,” said Masaji Santo, Senior Vice President, Division COO of Environment and Infrastructure Business Division of Mitsubishi Corporation. “We look forward to working with AES in scaling up new systems to serve reliability and peak power needs throughout the industry.”
“AES brings innovative solutions through their deep understanding of the utility power sector,” said Jim Hoelscher, President, Grid Systems for Parker-Hannifin. “We look forward to working on another storage project in Chile and to continuing the work with AES though our new global Grid Systems division.”
AES Gener and AES Energy Storage have previously developed energy storage projects at the Norgener and Angamos power stations. The first of these, the Los Andes Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) has been delivering grid reliability services since 2009.
For more information about AES Gener, please visit www.aes.com
For more information about AES Energy Storage, please visit www.aesenergystorage.com.
About AES Gener
AES Gener’s principal business is the generation of electricity in the long term, having achieved leadership in Chile based on its installed capacity, diversification and integration of broad business sustainability. At present, AES Gener has total installed capacity of 4,821 MW which includes hydroelectric, coal, natural gas, diesel and biomass plants. In Chile, the Company operates in the Central Interconnected System (SIC) and the Northern Interconnected System (SING), accounting for 21% of the installed capacity in the country. AES Gener also operates in Colombia, through AES Chivor, and Argentina, through TermoAndes S.A. The Company is currently constructing new generation plants (Ventanas IV) which will contribute additional capacity of 272 MW to the Chilean electric market and also holds environmental permits for new plants such as Alto Maipo, Cochrane, Guacolda V and Los Robles. AES Gener has more than 1,100 employees. AES Gener is owned 71% by AES Corp, an international power company with presence in 27 countries.
About AES Energy Storage
AES Energy Storage is a subsidiary of the AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a company that has served utility customers around the world for 30 years, helping them to deliver safe, reliable power. The company is a leader in commercial energy storage partnerships, which enable utilities, power markets and renewable developers to manage projects from concept to operation. The company’s energy storage products unlock value from existing power infrastructure liberating reserve capacity, enabling renewable facilities to generate new revenue streams, improving flexibility and reliability of the power system, and meeting peak power demand. With 72MW online, AES Energy Storage has the largest fleet of battery-based storage projects in commercial operation today. The company has over 1,000MW in development with partners in the US and abroad. To learn more, please visit www.aesenergystorage.com.
About Parker Hannifin Corporation
With annual sales exceeding $13 billion in fiscal year 2012, Parker Hannifin is the world's leading diversified manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. The company employs approximately 60,000 people in 48 countries around the world. Parker has increased its annual dividends paid to shareholders for 56 consecutive fiscal years, among the top five longest-running dividend-increase records in the S&P 500 index. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.parker.com, or its investor information web site at www.phstock.com.
About Mitsubishi Corporation
Mitsubishi Corporation is a global integrated business enterprise that develops and operates business across virtually every industry including industrial finance, energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, foods and environmental business. MC’s current activities are expanding far beyond its traditional trading operations as its diverse business ranges from natural resource development to investment in retail business, infrastructure, financial products and manufacturing of industrial goods. With over 200 Offices & Subsidiaries in approximately 90 countries worldwide and a network of over 500 group companies, MC employs a multinational workforce of nearly 60,000 people.
To learn more, please visit www.mitsubishicorp.com/jp/en/