Westborough, Mass.-headquartered American Superconductor Corp. (AMSC), an energy technologies company, has received an order for its PowerModule electronic converter from VRB Power Systems Inc., an energy storage technology developer based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
AMSC's PowerModule power electronic converters will be integrated into VRB's energy storage systems. The energy storage technology has the ability to store excess wind energy when the demand is low, and release it when the demand exceeds the available wind-generated power.
The storage system has the potential to increase the supply reliability of wind energy and reduce the cost of the reserve requirements from generation plants, the companies say. This is a new application for PowerModules in the renewable energy space and expands the breadth of AMSC's offerings in the wind industry.